Terrorism in France

The death toll has risen to more than 80 in Thursday night’s Bastille Day attack in the French seaside city of Nice. Although no organization immediately took credit for the massacre, the country’s president said it was “obviously a terrorist attack.” French President Francois Hollande called the attack “a monstrosity,” extended the country’s state of emergency for three months and vowed to increase the country’s involvement in the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. He said, “France is deeply saddened, but it is also very strong. I can assure you we will always be stronger than the fanatics who are trying to attack us.” “France has been hit on its national day, the 14th of July, our national symbol, because human rights are linked and attacked by fanatics.” The French leader said the driver of the truck that rammed into hundreds of people watching fireworks on a seaside pathway was killed. It’s unclear if he acted alone or had accomplices. French media is reporting that papers identifying the suspect as a French-Tunisian were found in the truck as well as guns and explosives.

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