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Nice attack: Bastille Day lorry driver Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel who killed 84 'linked to radical Islam'

At least 84 people have been killed, including 'many' children, after a lorry ploughed through a large crowd celebrating Bastille Day on the seafront in Nice, France

Published 15/07/2016

Forensics officers and policemen look for evidence near a truck on the Promenade des Anglais seafront in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 15, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Forensics officers and policemen look for evidence near a truck on the Promenade des Anglais seafront in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 15, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Killer: Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel
A sign reading "Liberty, equality, fraternity, let us unite against barbarism" is placed on July 15, 2016 at a makeshift memorial near the site in Nice where a gunman smashed a truck into a crowd of revellers celebrating Bastille Day, killing at least 84 people. AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVATBORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images
A woman places flowers on July 15, 2016 near the site in Nice where a gunman smashed a truck into a crowd of revellers celebrating Bastille Day, killing at least 84 people. AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVATBORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - A woman looks at a truck stand guarded by the police on the Promenade des Anglais seafront in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 15, 2016, hours after it drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display. An attack in Nice where a man rammed a truck into a crowd of people left 84 dead and another 18 in a "critical condition", interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said Friday. An unidentified gunman barrelled the truck two kilometres (1.3 miles) through a crowd that had been enjoying a fireworks display for France's national day before being shot dead by police. / AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULATANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images
People stand on July 15, 2016 in front of flowers and candles placed near the site in Nice where a gunman smashed a truck into a crowd of revellers celebrating Bastille Day, killing at least 84 people. AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVATBORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images
Forensic police work on the scene of a truck attack in Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
The truck which slammed into revelers late Thursday is seen at the site of the attack in Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Forensic officers stands near a truck with its windscreen riddled with bullets, that plowed through a crowd of revelers who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
The truck which slammed into revelers late Thursday, July 14, is seen near the site of an attack in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A forensic officer stands near a van with its windscreen riddled with bullets, that plowed through a crowd of revelers who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. At least 80 people were killed before police killed the driver, authorities said. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Forensic officers at the scene of an attack after a truck drove on to the sidewalk and plowed through a crowd of revelers who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Twitter feed video grab courtesy of @harp_detectives of people running away after dozens of people are believed to have been killed when a lorry ploughed into a Bastille Day crowd in Nice. Photo credit: @harp_detectives/PA Wire
Fire department ambulances and vehicles are parked near the scene of an attack after a truck drove on to the sidewalk and plowed through a crowd of revelers who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Christian Alminana)
Police officers, firefighters and rescue workers are seen at the site of an attack on July 15, 2016, after a truck drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice. AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Emergency services vehicles work on the scene after a truck, left, plowed through Bastille Day revelers in the French resort city of Nice, France, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (Sasha Goldsmith via AP)
Authorities investigate a truck after it plowed through Bastille Day revelers in the French resort city of Nice, France, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (Sasha Goldsmith via AP)
Authorities investigate a truck after it plowed through Bastille Day revelers in the French resort city of Nice, France, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (Sasha Goldsmith via AP)
Ambulances line up near the scene of an attack after a truck drove on to the sidewalk and plowed through a crowd of revelers who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
A man runs near the scene of an attack after a truck drove onto the sidewalk and plowed through a crowd of revelers who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Police officers seal off the area of an attack after a truck drove on to the sidewalk and plowed through a crowd of revelers who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Ciaran Fahey)
Police officers carry out checks on vehicles in the centre of French Riviera town of Nice, after a van drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers carry out checks on vehicles in the centre of French Riviera town of Nice, after a van drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers carry out checks on vehicles in the centre of French Riviera town of Nice, after a van drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers stand near a van, with its windscreen riddled with bullets, that ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers and rescue workers arrive at the scene of an attack on July 14, 2016, after a van ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers stand near a van that ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers and firefighters arrive near the site of an attack on July 14, 2016, after a van ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers stand near a van that ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers speak with a soldier after a van that ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers carry out checks on vehicles in the centre of French Riviera town of Nice, after a van drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers carry out checks on vehicles in the centre of French Riviera town of Nice, after a van drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
A soldier stands guard near the site of an attack in the French Riviera town of Nice, after a van that ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
A man walks with his hands up as police officers carry out checks on people in the centre of French Riviera town of Nice, after a van that ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

French prime minister Manuel Valls said the man who drove a lorry through crowds of revellers in Nice, killing 84 people, is a "terrorist linked to radical Islam".

Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel (31) was shot dead after driving a 19 tonne lorry into people celebrating Bastille Day in the French Riviera seafront city.  

Belfast City Hall is illuminated in the colours of the French flag, as a mark of solidarity with the French people after a lorry drove into a crowd. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Belfast City Hall is illuminated in the colours of the French flag, as a mark of solidarity with the French people after a lorry drove into a crowd. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

The country's president Francois Hollande said more than 50 people were "between life and death", while several people are among the missing and a "small number" of Britons are injured.

prosecutors said Bouhlel, a Tunisian living in France, was not known to intelligence services.

Prosecutor Francois Molins said Bouhlel was known to police and judicial authorities for matters of threats, violence, theft and damages committed between 2010 and 2016, and was convicted March 24 in Nice criminal court and handed a six-month suspended sentence for violence with a weapon committed in January.

Mr Molins said that "he was on the other hand totally unknown to intelligence services ... and was never placed on a watch list for radicalisation".

More than 200 people were wounded after the 31-year-old drove the vehicle through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice.

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On Friday evening Belfast City Hall was bathed in the colours of the French nation to show solidarity with those involved.

A French prosecutor said that of the 202 people injured, 25 are on life support and 52 in a critical condition as he confirmed the attack was carried out by Bouhlel, who lived in Nice.

Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain must redouble its efforts to defeat "brutal" terrorist "murderers", while police forces across England and Wales have been told to review security at major events over the next week in the wake of the bloodbath.

American President Barack Obama said the attack was "a threat to us all".

"We pledge to stand with our French friends as we defend our nations against this scourge of terrorism and violence," he said.

A French government handout of Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhel
A French government handout of Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhel

"France is America's oldest ally. We owe our freedom to each other. We will stand united now."

France has declared three days of national mourning following the atrocity, which comes after attacks in November in Paris in which 130 died and in January 2015 that killed 17.

Mr Hollande said: "France has been hit by a tragedy once again. This monstrosity of using a lorry to deliberately kill people, many people, who only came out to celebrate their national day.

"France is in tears. It is hurting but it is strong, and she will be strong, always stronger than the fanatics who wish to hurt us."

Eyewitnesses said the Nice attacker swerved from side to side to kill as many people as possible as he drove for a mile along the Promenade des Anglais on the seafront of the city on the French Riviera.

He is said to have pulled a gun from the cab as part of the premeditated attack before being shot dead by police, with people fleeing into the sea in a bid to escape.

Revellers in the resort initially thought the commotion was part of a celebratory firework display, but then saw the lorry and assumed the driver had lost control.

Irish barman Robert Greene, from Coolock in Dublin, was around three metres from the bloody carnage and spoke of the devastation.

Clearly shaken by the incident, he told the Press Association: "I saw this truck and he cut through three or four people, he was already missing the bumper. It was horrific.

"A woman dropped to her knees, someone in her family had been killed, just lying there. There was not even a thing anyone could do, there was no CPR, bits of him were lying around.

"It was horrific."

The barman added: "There was a young child's plastic tricycle, smashed up and left in bits.

84 people killed in the French city of Nice after a terrorist ploughed a truck into a large crowd during Bastille Day celebrations. Graphic shows location of the attack.
84 people killed in the French city of Nice after a terrorist ploughed a truck into a large crowd during Bastille Day celebrations. Graphic shows location of the attack.

"I stayed on top of the stairs looking around. It was surreal. People screaming, children crying, young children running around the place alone, a woman on rollerblades screaming for her child."

Damien Allemand, a journalist with the Nice-Matin newspaper, said: "I saw bodies flying like bowling pins in its path. Heard noises, screams that I will never forget."

One tearful British holidaymaker, arriving back at Gatwick airport from Nice, said: "At first I thought it was just a road traffic accident.

"I didn't think terrorism. But when I saw the damage I thought, you can't have missed this many people. He would've used his brakes but there was no screech."

London resident Tereza Cerevenova, on holiday with her family in Nice, said people were "hiding behind cars" in an effort to escape the lorry driver.

World leaders have condemned the atrocity.

Speaking ahead of a visit to Scotland, Mrs May said that UK "stands shoulder-to-shoulder with France today as we have done so often in the past".

She said: "If, as we fear, this was a terrorist attack, then we must redouble our efforts to defeat these brutal murderers who want to destroy our way of life.

"We must work with France and our partners around the world to stand up for our values and for our freedom."

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who had celebrated Bastille Day with dinner at the French Embassy in London, described the attack as "appalling and cowardly".

He said: "No country is immune to terrorism and we are united with our French and European partners as we deal with these threats to our countries and our way of life.

"British Embassy staff are on the ground in Nice and in close touch with French authorities."

Police forces in Britain will review security at major events scheduled to take place over the next week in the wake of the attack.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, of the National Police Chiefs' Council, said: "UK policing continues to operate at a heightened state against the backdrop of a severe threat level - that level has been in place since 2014.

"Our policing tactics and security measures are constantly reviewed and we, along with our partners, are working around the clock to keep our cities as safe as can be.

"As I have following previous terrorist incidents, today I have asked all forces to review major events over the next seven days to ensure the appropriate security is in place."

The Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) issued a statement encouraging people to check with their tour operators before heading to France.

There were concerns for a Scottish couple reported missing in the wake of the attacks, but they made contact with relatives later on Friday.

Angry man who never seemed especially religious

The man who killed 84 people by driving a truck into them in Nice was not especially religious and showed no signs of extremism, according to reports.

Reports have named the man as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old French-Tunisian man.

Though he was known to police for anti-social behaviour, he had no file with the specialist division who monitor possible terrorism targets.

So far, the picture that has emerged is similar to those responsible for the Paris and Belgium attacks: a solitary man with a history of petty crime, who neighbours said never showed much interest in religion.

Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel had worked as a delivery driver, which some reports suggested had allowed him to take the lorry to the promenade more easily. The truck used in the attack was hired from a location outside of but near Nice, police said.

Inside that truck – after police had shot and killed the man – police found documents and a mobile phone that allowed them to formally identify him.

He was a solitary and quiet person, people who lived in the same apartment block told local news outlets. He was mostly notable for not returning greetings from other people, neighbours said, though one resident said that he was a “handsome man” who tended to “stare at her daughters”.

He didn’t seem to be especially religious, according to people who lived in the same area. A cousin of the attacker's estranged wife said that he "was not religious" – he did not pray or observe Ramadan and ate pork – and said that he was just "a s***", MailOnline reported.

But he had seemed to have become increasingly aggressive, one local resident told Nice-Matin.

The man was either divorced or getting divorced, according to people who lived nearby. He had three children.

Family members are speaking to police, who have raided the house where he lived. They are also looking around the city for potential accomplices.

What we know so far

Here is what we know so far about the lorry attack in Nice.

  • A terrorist drove a truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day on Thursday night in the seaside city of Nice on the French Riviera, killing at least 84 people, including several children.
     
  • Eyewitnesses said the driver swerved from side to side to kill as many people as possible as he drove for hundreds of metres along the Promenade des Anglais on the seafront.
     
  • Christian Estrosi, the regional president in Nice, said at least 10 children were among the dead, and the death toll is expected to rise.
     
  • A "small number" of Britons are injured.
     
  • French authorities confirmed 202 people were wounded, 25 of which are on life support, while 52 are in a critical condition.
     
  • The attacker is reported to be 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a man of French-Tunisian origin who was not known to intelligence services.
     
  • One witness said the driver produced a gun before being shot by police.
     
  • No hostages were taken and the lorry driver was "neutralised", with authorities investigating if he was acting alone.
     
  • Mr Estrosi said guns and grenades were found in the lorry.
     
  • As the sun rose on Friday morning, the lorry could still be seen where it finally came to a halt, its windscreen peppered with bullet holes.
     
  • France has declared three days of national mourning following the atrocity.
     
  • French president Francois Hollande said the country's state of emergency would be extended for another three months.
     
  • A military operation is in place allowing the mobilisation of 10,000 troops.
     
  • Mr Hollande said the country's borders were being tightened, as he vowed that France would show "real force and military action in Syria and Iraq".
     
  • London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced he will be "reviewing our own safety measures" following the attack.
     
  • A Rihanna concert scheduled for Friday night at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice has been cancelled, as have the city's jazz festival, which was due to run from Saturday to Wednesday, and some of the Bastille celebrations over the weekend.

Suspect was French-Tunisian national

The man behind the terrorist attack has been named locally as 31-year-old French-Tunisian national Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, according to newspaper Nice-Matin.

He was shot dead by police after the truck came to a stop on the Promenade.

Police found ID papers and a phone in the truck he used in the attack.

Bouhlel was known to police for delinquency and domestic violence, but not on a list of radicalised people, according to the Nice-Matin newspaper.

He was reported to have hired the vehicle last Monday, taking the biggest from a fleet of lorries - a 19 tonne truck normally used for removals.

Neighbours described him as withdrawn, saying he was "alone" and "silent".

First victims named

Sean Copeland (51) and his 11-year-old son Brodie, from Texas, were the first of the the 84 victims to be named.

It is thought they were on a family holiday at the time of the atrocity.

Their relative Haley Copeland said: “By now many of you have heard about the people that have died in Nice, France today from a terrorist attack driving through a parade.”

"Two of those 80 people were American and those two people happen to be uncle Sean and 11-year-old cousin Brodie.”

"They were there on vacation with my two other cousins and aunt celebrating a birthday."

"This is an extremely difficult time for my family and anyone who knows Sean and Brodie Copeland. Losing a loved one is hard no matter the circumstances but losing a loved one in such a tragic and unexpected way is unbearable. Prayers are much appreciated. #CopelandFamily #nice."

According to L'Express newspaper, the first victim to die was a Muslim mother of seven who wore a veil.

Fatima Charrihi's son Hamza said she was with nieces and nephews when she was killed, and that his brother had tried to revive her but she had died instantly.

He said: "She wore the veil, practising an Islam of the middle ground. A real Islam. Not that of the terrorists."

L'Express published a photo of her residence permit.

Her son added: "She was the first victim, there were no other bodies before her."

Another person believed to be a victim is a Russian, named in reports as 21-year-old student Victoria Savchenko.

The BBC said another French victim was Robert Marchand, a 60-year-old industrial supervisor from Marcigny, a small, rural town in eastern France, who was a parent and a coach at an athletics club.

Witnesses describe 'horrific' scenes

Irish barman Robert Greene, from Coolock in Dublin, was around three metres from the bloody carnage and spoke of the devastation.

Clearly shaken by the incident, he told the Press Association: "I saw this truck and he cut through three or four people, he was already missing the bumper. It was horrific.

"A woman dropped to her knees, someone in her family had been killed, just lying there. There was not even a thing anyone could do, there was no CPR, bits of him were lying around.

"It was horrific."

The barman added: "There was a young child's plastic tricycle, smashed up and left in bits.

"I stayed on top of the stairs looking around. It was surreal. People screaming, children crying, young children running around the place alone, a woman on rollerblades screaming for her child."

Damien Allemand, a journalist with the Nice Matin newspaper, said: "I saw bodies flying like bowling pins in its path. Heard noises, screams that I will never forget."

London resident Tereza Cerevenova, on holiday with her family in Nice, said people were "hiding behind cars" in an effort to escape the lorry driver.

Northern Ireland reacts

First Minister, Arlene Foster and the deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones or have been seriously injured in this vicious attack.

"Many of our football supporters enjoyed attending the European Championships in France in recent weeks and the scene of devastation and pain this morning are in stark contrast to the carnival atmosphere and warmth people from across Europe enjoyed.

"The people who carried out this attack want to create fear and division. Their actions have resulted in the loss of many lives of people of different nationalities. Their acts are futile and will serve only to strengthen our resolve and determination that democratic means are the only way forward.

"We offer our deepest sympathies and support to President Hollande and all the people of France."

On Friday night, Belfast City Hall will be lit in the colours of the French flag and a book of condolence will open at 11am on Monday.

UK to review security

New UK Prime Minister Theresa May said we will stand shoulder to shoulder with France and we must "redouble our efforts to defeat these brutal murders who want to destroy our way of life".

A Cobra meeting took place later on Friday in response to the attack.

Meetings of Cobra, which stands for Cabinet Office Briefing Room A, are held in the UK in response to crises. 

The meeting heard that a "small number" of Britons had so far been identified as injured in the attack.

"At this stage we are aware of a small number of British nationals who have been injured, but that is just the situation as we know it now, those numbers may change," the Prime Minister's official spokeswoman said.

Police forces in Britain will review security at major events scheduled to take place over the next week in the wake of the attack.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, of the National Police Chiefs' Council, said: "Our thoughts are with the people of Nice, all those affected by last night's horrific attack and the emergency services whose job it was to respond.

"Our counter terrorism officers will do whatever we can to support our French counterparts in the days and weeks that follow as the investigation unfolds.

"UK policing continues to operate at a heightened state against the backdrop of a severe threat level - that level has been in place since 2014.

"Our policing tactics and security measures are constantly reviewed and we, along with our partners, are working around the clock to keep our cities as safe as can be.

"As I have following previous terrorist incidents, today I have asked all forces to review major events over the next seven days to ensure the appropriate security is in place."

New Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, speaking to the BBC, said: "It's an absolutely appalling incident and there will be ministerial meetings later on today to discuss the implications.

"Clearly this represents a continuing threat. If this is a terrorist incident, as this appears to be, this represents a continuing threat to us in the whole of Europe and we must meet it together.

"The only information that I have is that there is one UK national who is injured."

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has  said he will be "reviewing our own safety measures" following a terror attack in Nice.

Mr Khan declared that the capital would "stand united" with France and insisted the "poisonous and twisted" terrorists would be defeated.

Speaking on a visit to Gatwick Airport, Mr Khan said: "I will reassure all Londoners that today we will be reviewing our own safety measures in light of this attack and that I and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner will do everything possible to keep Londoners safe."

World leaders react

US president Barack Obama has condemned "in the strongest terms" what he said "appears to be a horrific terrorist attack" in Nice, France.

World leaders reacted with horror and sadness after the attack, which has left at least 84 people dead.

In a statement tweeted by the White House, the president offered assistance to French officials to investigate and "bring those responsible to justice".

He said his "thoughts and prayers" were with the loved ones of those killed and wished those wounded a full recovery.

"We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack," he said.

"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."

Former prime minister David Cameron condemned the "sickening and dreadful attack" on Twitter.

He added: "I know we stand with the French people and share their values. They shall never defeat us."

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: "Dreadful reports from Nice. Thoughts with all involved."

Presumptive US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was due to name his running mate on Friday morning, but said he was postponing the announcement "in light of the horrible attack in Nice, France".

US Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton issued a statement saying it appeared that terrorists had struck one of the United States' "closest allies in Europe, attacking families celebrating the history and culture of their country on Bastille Day".

She said that Americans stood strong with the people, and added: "We will never allow terrorists to undermine the egalitarian and democratic values that underpin our very way of life.

"This cowardly attack only strengthens our commitment to our alliance and to defeating terrorism around the world."

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn condemned the "shocking and horrific attack" on Twitter.

He added: "My thoughts are with the victims and their families. Solidarity with emergency services and people of Nice."

Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith announced that he would be cancelling Friday's campaign launch "in light of the heartbreaking news from Nice".

German chancellor Angela Merkel said in a video that Germany stood on the side of France and many others in the fight against terrorism and expressed solidarity between the German and French people.

Germany's top security official said the attack was "incomprehensible and simply awful", and that "this barbaric murder must be finally brought to an end".

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: "Canadians are shocked by tonight's attack in Nice. Our sympathy is with the victims, and our solidarity with the French people."

 

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