(AP) – The Eiffel Tower will be lit red-white-and-blue Friday evening in honor of the Nice attack victims, according to the monument’s managers.
One of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, the Eiffel Tower is routinely lit up in various colors in solidarity with victims of extremist violence across the world.
At least 84 people were killed in Thursday night’s truck attack in Nice. According to the Paris prosecutor 202 people were wounded in Nice truck attack. Today 25 are on life support and 52 are in critical condition.
Two French officials say the man who carried out the truck attack in Nice was a Tunisian living in the city. The officials, who could not speak publicly about the investigation, confirmed that the ID found in the truck matched the dead attacker.
They said the man was living legally in France. Tunisia is a former French colony.
French President Francois Hollande and Provence Alpes d’Azur regional president Christian Estrosi were booed by an assembled crowd as their convoy drove through Nice following the French leader’s televised address.
Christelle Hespel says that she’s disgusted by both men – saying they’d failed to protect her city. The 38-year-old said: “Mr. Estrosi is from the right. Mr. Hollande from the left. I say it and I say it loud, these two are killers.”
Hollande’s government, whose popularity has hit record lows, has recently been buffeted by allegations that France’s intelligence services have failed to get a handle on the country’s jihadi threat.
An Egyptian tourist who filmed police shooting the truck driver who mowed people down in Nice says he saw the attacker firing back through a window.
Nader El Shafei says the truck ground to halt right in front of him after “smashing a girl” and leaving a trail of bodies on the Promenade des Anglais.
He told The Associated Press in an interview: “I kept waving to him, ‘Stop, stop! There are people under your truck.'”
He said the driver pulled out a gun when police closed in on the halted truck.
El Shafei said “the police started shooting. I saw the gun in his hand and I saw him shooting through the window.”
Video he filmed showed that several dozen shots were fired.
German tourist Richard Gutjahr says he could hear angry shouts outside and see a big white truck rolling slowly down a road supposed to be blocked off as a party zone. He picked up his camera – and captured a key moment in the terrible path of the Nice attack.
Gutjahr’s footage, filmed from a first-floor hotel balcony, shows the truck chased by police officers. An unidentified motorcyclist pulls alongside the truck, leaps off his vehicle and clings to the door of the truck in a bid to stop the attacker. The motorcycle is partly crushed under the truck’s tires as the motorcyclist, possibly a police officer, clings on and Gutjahr sees two other officers on foot take aim and fire individual shots at the truck’s windscreen.
Gutjahr said in a telephone interview: “I thought it could either be a drunk driver or a terror attack, until that incredibly brave man jumped on the truck.”