A tractor trailer truck plowed into a crowd of people watching a Bastille Day fireworks display in Nice France.
What Happened In Nice
A fireworks display on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France was attacked when a tractor trailer truck plowed into the crowd watching the event.
The attacker got out of his car and began firing his gun into the crowd.
Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said that “a lorry driver appears to have killed dozens of people”.
French President Francois Hollande said he would return from a trip to Paris to hold emergency meetings in response to the attack.
The truck driver was shot and killed by security agents.
An eyewitness told BFM TV: “Everyone was calling run, run, run there’s an attack run, run, run. We heard some shots. We thought they were fireworks because it’s the 14th of July.”
People began using the hashtag #PrayForNice to document the attack, share information, and post photos
French officials said that about 77 people died in the attack.
Response To Nice Attack
Response from President Barack Obama to the attack in Nice: “On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed, and we wish a full recovery for the many wounded. I have directed my team to be in touch with French officials, and we have offered any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice. We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.
On this Bastille Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world, and we know that the character of the French Republic will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life.”
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the “is an attack against innocent people on a day that celebrates Liberty, Equality & Fraternity.”
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton phoned in for an interview to CNN about the attack. She said “this is a horrific attack” and said, “I think it’s clear we are at war with these terrorist groups and what they represent.”
Video of Clinton on CNN talking about Nice Bastille Day attack:
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) July 15, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sent a tweet about the attack that said: “Another horrific attack, this time in Nice, France. Many dead and injured. When will we learn? It is only getting worse.”
Another horrific attack, this time in Nice, France. Many dead and injured. When will we learn? It is only getting worse.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2016
From the United States embassy in France: “We urge U.S. citizens in Nice to contact family members and loved ones to notify them that you are safe, avoid the area, to monitor local press for updates, and to exercise caution if you are in the vicinity.”
Nice Attack Video
Video from Sky news shows crowds escaping the scene of the Nice attack.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) July 14, 2016
Nice Attack Photos
Photos from the attack on Nice on Bastille Day
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) July 15, 2016
Witness to the truck attack in Nice, France: "It felt like a war scene" https://t.co/Ss3EkdIEgq
— TIME (@TIME) July 15, 2016
BREAKING: Mayor Says At Least 77 Dead In Nice, France Terror Attack
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) July 15, 2016
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 15, 2016
What Is Bastille Day?
Bastille Day commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. It was a key event in the French Revolution. The medieval fortress and prison in Paris known as the Bastille represented royal authority in the center of the city of Paris, the French capital.
The success of the event set in motion the Revolution that followed, abolishing the system of feudalism in France. The French hold military parades and fireworks displays on the 14th of July in commemoration of the event.
In French it is called La fête nationale.
Truck Terrorism And The Nice Attack
Law enforcement officials around the world have been worried before about terrorists using trucks to execute their goals. The L.A. Times reported, “Since Timothy McVeigh used a Ryder rental truck packed with ammonia nitrate to attack a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, counter-terrorism officials have run a terror scenario with trucks at downtown L.A., Los Angeles International Airport and the Port of Los Angeles.”