WASHINGTON TIMES — PARIS — France’s national holiday turned bloody and violent Thursday night in the southern resort city of Nice, as a weapons-laden truck drove through crowds of Bastille Day revelers for more than a mile in an attack the French president labeled as terrorism.
The French Interior Ministry said 80 people were killed and at least 18 more critically wounded, as the death toll climbed throughout the night. The vehicle was a large white truck, similar to a tractor-trailer.
“France has been struck on the day of her national holiday … Bastille Day, the symbol of liberty,” President Francois Hollande said in a televised address to the nation after 3 a.m. Friday local time.
Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility, the Paris prosecutor’s office quickly implied it was a terrorist attack by opening an investigation for “murder, attempted murder in an organized group linked to a terrorist enterprise.”
The president singled out Islamism and terror in his speech, which also announced several anti-terror countermeasures including extending a state of emergency. Mr. Hollande said he would visit Nice as an act of solidarity.
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