BREAKING NEWS – Nice Terror Attack On The Promenade Des Anglais, Has Claimed 84 Lives And Left 18 In Critical Condition

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At least 84 people have been killed and dozens injured after a truck careered along Nice’s packed waterfront, ploughing into hundreds of people.

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French President Francois Hollande has said several children are among the dead after what he described as a monstrous “terrorist” act.

Video footage shows police trying to stop the lorry before it picks up speed, slamming into revellers gathered along the city’s famous waterside Promenade des Anglais for a Bastille Day fireworks display.

The driver zig-zagged along the promenade for some two kilometres (1.3 miles), mowing people down along the way, according to Nice prosecutor Jean-Michel Pretre.

Several officials say he then emerged from the vehicle and started shooting, sending hundreds of panic-stricken men, women and children running in terror.

“We almost died. It was like hallucinating… (the lorry) zig-zagged,” an eyewitness told i-Tele.

“You had no idea where it was going. My wife… a metre away … she was dead.

“The lorry ripped through everything. Poles, trees, we have never seen anything like it in our lives. Some people were hanging on the door trying to stop it.”


Nice-Matin journalist Damien Allemand, who was at the waterside, said the fireworks display had finished and the crowd had got up to leave when they heard a noise and cries.

“A fraction of a second later, an enormous white truck came along at a crazy speed, turning the wheel to mow down the maximum number of people,” he said.

“I saw bodies flying like bowling pins along its route. Heard noises, cries that I will never forget.”

Graphic footage from the scene shows an endless succession of bodies left strewn along the city’s landmark promenade in the lorry’s wake.

Screams and cries can be heard as dazed witnesses lean over the bodies, looking for survivors.

Items of clothing and shoes are scattered across the blood-stained pavement.

French officials say the driver was shot dead by police at the scene, with images showing the windscreen of the 25-tonne lorry riddled with bullet holes.

Several weapons, guns and grenades were found inside the vehicle, Christian Estrosi, president of the region, has confirmed.

There has been no claim of responsibility, however, a police source has identified the attacker as a 31-year-old Franco-Tunisian born in Tunisia.

Though unconfirmed, this tallies with the profile of a man whose identity papers were reportedly discovered inside the vehicle. A police source quoted by news agency AFP said the papers belonged to a resident of Nice.

“I express in the name of the nation, our tears, solidarity, with the victims and the families,” Mr Hollande said.

He pledged to strengthen France’s role in Syria and Iraq and extended the nation’s state of emergency – imposed after November’s attacks in Paris – for a further three months.

At least 18 people remain in a critical condition, with hospitals in the area appealing for blood.

The Hotel Negresco has been turned into a makeshift hospital Pic: @AlbanMikoczy

Laurence Marie, who works at Lenval paediatric hospital, has said “many” children are undergoing serious operations there.

Nice’s famous luxury Negresco hotel, meanwhile, has been turned into a makeshift ward, with dozens of frightened and injured victims gathered in the marble lobby.

The hashtag #RecherchesNice has been started for people still looking for loved ones.


This is the worst disaster in the history of Nice as more than 70 people have already lost their lives, killed by the driver as he fired at the crowds ahead of him,” Mr Estrosi said in a statement.

“We are terrified and we want to express our sincere condolences to the families involved.

“Today, we must act. We are currently in touch with the State authorities who are dealing with this crisis.”

The Paris prosecutor’s has office opened an investigation for “murder, attempted murder in an organised group linked to a terrorist enterprise”. The probe is being handled by France’s intelligence agency and judicial police.

The Foreign Office says it is in touch with local authorities in Nice and has advised anyone in the area to follow the instructions of French authorities.

The attack comes days after France breathed a sigh of relief after hosting the Euros 2016 without incident.

The tournament took place under heavy security following the Paris attack that left 130 dead.


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BREAKING NEWS: Salah Abdeslam To Sue French Prosecutor For Breach Of Confidentiality

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Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam’s lawyer says he plans to take legal action against a French prosecutor for breach of confidentiality.

The Paris prosecutor told reporters that Abdeslam had admitted he wanted to blow himself up during the attacks on 13 November but then changed his mind.

The bombings and shootings, claimed by the so-called Islamic State (IS), left 130 people dead and dozens injured.

Abdeslam was arrested in Belgium last week after four months on the run.

The Belgian authorities have charged him with terrorism offences. He has decided to fight extradition to France, which could take up to three months.

Abdeslam’s Belgian lawyer, Sven Mary, says his client is co-operating with the authorities.

At a news conference in the French capital on Saturday, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins, referring to Abdeslam’s statement to Belgian police, said: “He wanted to blow himself up at the Stade de France and, I quote, backed out.”

He added that people should treat with caution initial statements by the 26-year-old French national.

Mr Mary said he would take legal action against Mr Molins for breaching the confidentiality of the investigation.

He told Belgian public broadcaster RTBF that Mr Molins’ comments at a news conference were “a violation… I cannot let it go unchallenged”.

Meanwhile, France is sending more troops to its borders after the arrest of Abdeslam.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said they would join more than 5,000 police mobilised since the attacks.

An armed French gendarme - one of a group checking vehicles and verifying the identity of travellers on the A2 motorway between Paris and Brussels, 25 January 2016.Image copyrightReuters
Image captionExtra troops and checks have been in force in France since the attacks

Interpol has urged increased border security saying suspects may seek to flee after the arrest on Friday.

Abdeslam is believed to have fled shortly after the November attacks, returning to the Molenbeek district of Brussels.

He is being held at a high-security jail in Belgium.


Investigators hope Abdeslam, who was shot in the leg during his arrest, will reveal more information about the IS network behind the Paris attacks, its financing and plans.

They believe he helped with logistics, including renting rooms and driving suicide bombers to the Stade de France.

The subject of a massive manhunt, Salah Abdeslam was arrested about 500m (1,600ft) from his home in Molenbeek. His brother, Brahim, was one of the Paris attackers who blew himself up.

Another man arrested at the same time as Salah Abdeslam on Friday, Monir Ahmed Alaaj, has also been charged with participation in terrorist murder and the activities of a terrorist group, the Belgian prosecutors say.

Friday’s raid also saw three members of a family detained.

They include Abid Aberkan, described as a friend of Abdeslam, who has been charged with participation in the activities of a terrorist organisation and harbouring criminals.

Another family member, identified as Djemila M, has been charged with harbouring criminals, but is not in custody, the prosecutor’s office says.


The raid came after Abdeslam’s fingerprints were found in a flat in another Brussels district, Forest, raided on Tuesday.

Footage showed Abdeslam being bundled into a police car on Friday after a volley of gunfire. Alaaj was also injured during the arrests.

Prosecutors said Alaaj had travelled with Abdeslam to Germany last October, where his fingerprints were taken during an identity check.

A false Syrian passport in Alaaj’s name and Belgian identity papers under an alias were found in a flat in Forest raided on Tuesday.

Along with the Stade de France, the Paris bombings and shootings targeted the Bataclan concert hall and bars and restaurants.

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Migrants In France Sewed Their Lips Together In Protest Of Their Treatment In The Calais Jungle Camp.

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FRANCE has been accused of scaremongering after threatening to let migrants cross the Channel unchecked, by ending UK border controls in Calais if Britain leaves the EU.

France’s finance minister Emmanuel Macron said he would try to tempt London bankers to relocate to France and could also limit access to the single market.



London Mayor Boris Johnson, who is pro-Brexit, called on voters to “ignore scaremongers” before they go to the polls on June 23 for an In/Out European Union (EU) referendum.

Mr Macron’s comments come as French President Francois Hollande prepares to meet with Prime Minister David Cameron for migration and security talks in France.

The French finance minister said if the vote went in favour of leaving the EU it could finish off the agreement between the two countries which allows Britain to conduct border controls on the French side of the Channel.

About 4,000 migrants are currently in Calais, living in the notorious Jungle camp, as they make nightly bids to cross into the UK.

Mr Macron told the Financial Times today: “The day this relationship unravels, migrants will no longer be in Calais.”

He added France would roll out a “red carpet” to London’s bankers if Britain voted to leave the EU.

He said any country leaving the single market would “not be able to secure the same terms” and the EU’s “collective energy would be spent on unwinding existing links not re-creating new ones”.

Mr Cameron, who is campaigning to remain in the EU, has previously been accused of “scaremongering” by claiming the migrant camps which have popped up along the northern French coast could move to England if Britain left the EU.

Clashes between migrants, French police and British anarchists have ensued since Sunday when French demolition teams moved in to dismantle the Jungle camp in Calais.

Today’s meeting is the first UK-France summit since last November’s terrorist attacks in Paris which left 130 dead.

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Update On Paris Attacks: Salah Abdeslam Named As Suspect

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Salah Abdeslam, 26 wanted by French Police

Salah Abdeslam, 26 wanted by French Police

Salah Abdeslam has been named as a suspect in connection to the Paris attack that took place late Friday evening and left 129 dead, reports the BBC.

Police have issued a photograph of a French national wanted in connection with Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris that left 129 people dead.

The man, named as Salah Abdeslam, 26, is described as dangerous. Police believe that he rented one of the cars used by the gunmen.

The focus of the police investigation has also shifted to Belgium, which is where the French prosecutor says the attacks were prepared and planned.

The suspected getaway car was towed away by investigators

The suspected getaway car was towed away by investigators

Several Kalashnikovs have been found in an abandoned car believed to have been used by some of the Paris attackers, French judicial sources say.

The black Seat car was found in the eastern Paris suburb of Montreuil on Sunday, suggesting some of the attackers got away.

Earlier, the first of the seven dead attackers was named as Ismail Mostefai. Six people close to him are in custody.

Two attackers were French nationals living in Belgium, prosecutors said.

France is marking three days of mourning for the 129 people killed in the attacks.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls said most of the bodies had been identified and that the process should be completed in the coming hours.

A special service for the victims, including 350 people wounded and other survivors, is being held at Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral later on Sunday.

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