On a warm summer night made for celebrating life, death rained down on the people of Nice, France, Thursday, reopening a terrorism-wrought wound created by the attacks on Paris last fall.
Just as Bastille Day fireworks were exploding over the city’s scenic, crescent-shaped beachfront, a man wielding a gun and driving a large commercial truck made his way onto a pedestrian-only area and killed 84 people while injuring 50 others before he was shot dead by police.
Identification belonging to a French-Tunisian man was found in the truck. Officials were investigating whether the ID matched the suspect. The driver of the vehicle was a resident of Nice, according to local newspaper Nice-Matin.
Hollande extended the nation’s state of emergency, due to expire this month, for another three months, and will supplement the 7,000 troops securing critical sites around France with a call up of reserves tasked with tightening border security.
President Obama condemned the attacks in a statement, and offered French officials “any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice. We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.
The two presumptive presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, were quick to address the topic of Nice.
Republican Trump tweeted that “In light of the horrible attack in Nice, France, I have postponed tomorrow’s news conference concerning my Vice Presidential announcement.” He told Bill O’Reilly of Fox News that he would ask Congress for a declaration of war, if he were president.
Democrat Clinton told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that “it’s clear we are at war with these terrorist groups, but it’s a different kind of war, and we have to be smart about how we wage it and win it.”