After the horrific terror attack in Nice, public figures are responding and details are emerging about the terrorist who committed the awful act.
French President Francois Hollande’s Statement:
“After Paris, Nice is now hit,” he said. “It is all of France which is under threat of Islamic terrorism.
“It is clear we need to do all we can to fight against terrorism,” he said. “France is strong, and France will always be stronger, I assure you.”
The death toll has risen to 84, including 10 children and teenage victims. Over 50 people are fighting for their lives in hospital.
The terror attack was perpetrated by Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a 31 year-old French-Tunisian man who worked as a delivery driver. As reported by the Guardian:
“At a packed press conference, the Paris prosecutor François Molins said Lahouaiej-Bouhlel had been “completely unknown to both France’s domestic and foreign intelligence officials”. But he added: “Although yesterday’s attack has not been claimed, this sort of thing fits in perfectly with calls for murder from such terrorist organisations.”
Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have responded to the attacks on Twitter:
Clinton: “Every American stands in strong solidarity with the people of France”
Trump: “My prayers and condolences to the victims and families of the terrible tragedy in Nice, France. We are with you in every way!”
In France, it is a tragic irony that President Francois Hollande had announced on Bastille Day that the emergency powers in place since previous attacks would not be renewed. In the aftermath of the attack, this decision had to be reversed, as President Hollande announced that the France emergency powers would be extended for another three months.
Already reeling from numerous terrorist attacks, France is now forced to mourn the deaths of more innocent citizens. While it is too early to tell the effect this attack will have on the French public, we can expect public anger and demand for stronger actions against terrorism to grow.