France’s President Francois Hollande says the nation will double down on their commitment to defeat terrorism in that country after at least 80 people were killed in Nice Thursday after a truck driver plowed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day at the Promenade des Anglais. Dozens of others were injured, some critically.
President Hollande called it an “obvious terrorist attack.” Officials say the man behind the wheel of the truck, loaded with arms and hand grenades, drove onto the sidewalk for more than a mile.
The President says the current State of Emergency will be extended three months. A State of Emergency that was slated to end July 26 was put in place after the attack last November at Paris’s Bataclan Theater. Mister Hollande also says he will call upon the Operational Reserve to help Police and Gendarme forces to strengthen France’s borders.
“France is horrified by what has just happened,” The President said. “France is strong and we will always be stronger than the fanatics attacking us.”
The President will travel to Nice Friday to show his support for the victims of the attack. Flags will be lowered Friday in honor of the victims.
That’s the Lowdown.