Wednesday 24 May 2017

French PM booed as Nice remembers victims with minute's silence

Scene on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during a Minutes silence in honour of the Victims of the Truck Disaster last Thursday.
Scene on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during a Minutes silence in honour of the Victims of the Truck Disaster last Thursday.

By Alan O'Keeffe in Nice

French prime minister Manuel Valls was booed by some members of the crowd at a ceremony in Nice to remember the 84 killed in the Bastille Day massacre.

 The jeering took place as the prime minister took his place at the ceremony. He was in the company of Nice Mayor Phillippe Pradal and former mayor Christian Estrosi and several local religious and municipal leaders.

Those who booed and jeered were loudly criticised by other people who expressed exasperation that people would bring politics to a sombre ceremony of remembrance.

Some women held up placards criticising President Hollande and former President Sarkozy. A furious man in the crowd turned around to face the protesters and shouted "Silence! Respectez les morts!"

A man retorted "C'est la democratie."

A crowd of several thousands filled the promenade where the killings took place. The atmosphere for most of the ceremony was widely respectful. It was the final day of Three Days of National Mourning.

Enthusiastic applause greeted the members of the emergency services and police at the event who had been on duty of the night of the massacre.

Large bouquets of flowers were laid on the promenade by the politicians and civic leaders wearing sashes of red, white and blue and of yellow and red.

 Public statues along the promenade also had black sashes tied around their stone torsos.

 Public buildings remained closed throughout the day, including libraries and art galleries.

Scene on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during a Minutes silence in honour of the Victims of the Truck Disaster last Thursday.
Scene on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during a Minutes silence in honour of the Victims of the Truck Disaster last Thursday.
Scene on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during a Minutes silence in honour of the Victims of the Truck Disaster last Thursday.
Scene on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during a Minutes silence in honour of the Victims of the Truck Disaster last Thursday.
Scene on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during a Minutes silence in honour of the Victims of the Truck Disaster last Thursday.
Scene on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during a Minutes silence in honour of the Victims of the Truck Disaster last Thursday.
Scene on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during a Minutes silence in honour of the Victims of the Truck Disaster last Thursday.
Scene on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during a Minutes silence in honour of the Victims of the Truck Disaster last Thursday.
Scene on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during a Minutes silence in honour of the Victims of the Truck Disaster last Thursday.
Scene on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during a Minutes silence in honour of the Victims of the Truck Disaster last Thursday.
Scene on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during a Minutes silence in honour of the Victims of the Truck Disaster last Thursday.
Scene on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during a Minutes silence in honour of the Victims of the Truck Disaster last Thursday.
Scene on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during a Minutes silence in honour of the Victims of the Truck Disaster last Thursday.
Scene on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during a Minutes silence in honour of the Victims of the Truck Disaster last Thursday.
Scene on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during a Minutes silence in honour of the Victims of the Truck Disaster last Thursday.
Scene on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice during a Minutes silence in honour of the Victims of the Truck Disaster last Thursday.

 A boy clutching a skateboard near the main art gallery said the council had even closed down the local skateboard park.

 Taxies drove around the streets with black ribbons their roof signs.

 Armed soldiers in combat fatigues patrolled the footpaths along with large numbers of policemen and policewomen carrying a variety of weaponry.

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