struck a crowd after Bastille Day celebrations in the southern French
city of Nice, killing at least 80 people, including children, and
injuring dozens, officials say.
happened on the famous Promenade des Anglais after a firework display.
The driver was shot dead and guns and grenades were found inside the
President Francois Hollande said the attack was of a “terrorist nature”.
He extended a state of emergency across France by three months.
France had been on high alert followinglast November’s attacks in Parisin which 130 people died and hundreds were wounded.
The state of emergency had been due to end on 26 July.
“France is badly hit,” Mr Hollande said, adding that “we need to do everything we can to fight against” such attacks.
“All of France is under the threat of Islamic terrorism,” he said, adding that “several children” were among those killed.
president added that “operational reserves” would be deployed to support
the army and security forces across the country, with particular focus
on the borders.
50 people were injured, 18 of them critically, in the incident on
Thursday, which was Bastille Day – France’s national day.
Prosecutor Jean-Michel Pretre said the lorry drove 2km (1.2 miles) through a large crowd, the AFP news agency reported.
One image on Twitter showed about a dozen people lying on the street.
Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet denied earlier reports of
hostage situations and said the driver of the lorry had been
He added that officials were investigating whether the driver acted alone.
No group has so far claimed responsibility, however prosecutors said the
inquiry would be handled by anti-terror investigators.
On Friday, flags in France will be flying at half-mast, and Nice’s jazz festival has been cancelled.