Friday, 15 July 2016

France extends state of emergency after Nice murders

FRENCH president Francois Hollande has extended the country's state of emergency for a further three months after the #BastilleDay murder of more than 80 people in #Nice. The current state of emergency was in place until July 23, but will now continue until at least October 23.

Authorities say 84 people died after a lorry was driven into a crowd who had been watching the fireworks as part of Bastille Day celebrations in the city's Promenade des Anglais.

It is reported a further 18 are 'fighting for their lives' and hundreds are injured. The UK’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has confirmed that at least one British national was among those injured.

The lorry driver, who allegedly then opened fire on the crowd, was shot dead by police. He is reported to be a 30-year-old French-Tunisian who was known to the police but not to France’s intelligence agencies.

M.Hollande said France was ‘filled with tragedy’, and promised more troops and tighter border controls, although it’s believed the terrorist was a French citizen living in the Nice area.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office urged British visitors in the area to follow the instructions of the French authorities.

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