French President Francois Hollande condemned the Bastille Day truck attack in Nice that killed 80 and injured 50 more, saying the country is “under the threat of Islamist terrorism” but that it will prevail.
“Horror again has struck France,” Hollande said in a Friday morning speech carried with an English translation on CNN. “France has been struck on the day of her national holiday, the 14th of July, Bastille Day, the symbol of liberty, because human rights are denied by fanatics and France is quite clearly their target.”
Hollande said the truck driver had been shot and killed and that officials are trying to determine if there were accomplices.
The French president, who called the attack “an absolute horror,” linked it to two earlier terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015. “After Paris in January 2015 and then in November of last year in Saint-Denis, Nice is in turn touched. France as a whole is under the threat of Islamist terrorism. In these circumstances, we have to demonstrate absolute vigilance and show determination that is unfailing.”
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