“France, once again, has been hit in its soul … on our national day,” Manuel Valls said Friday. The days of mourning will begin Saturday. At least 84 were killed when a truck drove into a crowd.
In the wake of the deadly Nice attack on Thursday, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Friday morning declared three days of national mourning, to begin on July 16, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.
“We are facing a war that terrorism is inflicting on us,” Valls said after a meeting in the Elysee Palace, adding “the only response is that of a united France. French flags will be flown at half mast on all public buildings in the country ” The death toll continues to rise from an attack in which a truck drove through a crowd, ramming into people celebrating the French national day in Nice, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Friday.
At least 84 people have been killed and 18 remain in “critical condition,” said the minister. French President Francois Hollande said the death toll included “several children.”
“France is under the threat of Islamic terrorism… Nothing will make us surrender our will to fight against terrorism and we will further strengthen our actions in Syria and Iraq. We will continue to strike those who attack us on our own soil,” Hollande stressed.