Silence for Nice
France will fall silent today in memory of all those who died in the horrific lorry attack in Nice last week, and our thoughts are with all those affected by the atrocity. At least 84 people, including around 10 children, lost their lives when a lorry was driven at speed into crowds as they celebrated Bastille Day.
As Euro News reports, the one-minute silence takes place in France at midday today as the culmination of three days national mourning. Cycling’s Tour de France continued despite the atrocity but festivities took a sombre turn on Friday evening when the four jersey wearers, Chris Froome, Peter Sagan, Thomas De Gendt, and Adam Yates, joined the stage winner Tom Dumoulin for a minute’s silence on the podium.
As a result of Thursday’s attack in the southern French city, a state of emergency in France has been extended by three months. The nation’s been on high alert since November’s Paris attacks carried out by militants from the so-called Islamic State group in which 130 people died.
French police are questioning seven people in connection with the man behind the truck attack, Tunisian-born Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel who was shot dead by police. The authorities have yet to produce evidence he had any links to ISIL which has claimed the attack. However France’s prime minister claims there is no doubt on the assailant’s motives.