Friday 24 March 2017

France Attack: President Francois Hollande travelling to Paris crisis centre following Nice attack

Francois Hollande said the state of emergency will be lifted (AP)
Francois Hollande said the state of emergency will be lifted (AP)

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French President Francois Hollande is heading to the Interior Ministry's crisis centre after a truck rammed into a crowd in the southern French resort city of Nice on Thursday, killing at least 60 during Bastille Day.

The French presidency said on its Twitter feed that the government had activated the inter-ministerial crisis centre following the incident in Nice.

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. Photo: 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. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
A vehicle of the Raid special intervention unit of the French police is seen near the site of the attack in the French Riviera town of Nice. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy tweeted: "Deep emotion and infinite sadness at the Nice attack. Solidarity with the Nicois and the inhabitants of the Alpes-Maritimes."

Reaction from political leaders around the world has been swift.

Newly appointed British Prime Minster Theresa May said: "Our thoughts are with all those affected by this terrible incident on what was a day of national celebration."

US President Barack Obama condemned "what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack".

A helicopter flying near the scene after a van ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
A helicopter flying near the scene after a van ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
At least 60 people are feared dead after a van drove into a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks in the French resort of Nice. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

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