• French officials say more than 80 dead in Nice attack. • More than 100 people injured, 18 critically, after truck ploughs into crowd celebrating Bastille Day. • Man behind wheel of truck fired shots into crowd after crash. • Driver shot dead by police. The driver of a large truck mowed down hundreds of revellers at Bastille Day celebrations in Nice drove in a zig-zag fashion at about 70km/h to hit as many people as possible, say witnesses. The truck, laden with grenades and weapons, ploughed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais during a fireworks display. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has confirmed 80 people are dead and 18 are in intensive care. "Our thoughts go to all the people of Nice who tonight are traumatised and plunged into a great state of worry," he said during a press conference. Cazeneuve said the police were working to identify the man behind the attacks were trying to establish if he had any accomplices. "We are at war with terrorists who want to strike us at every cost and who are extremely violent." French president Franois Hollande earlier said: "France has been struck on the day of her national holiday, the symbol of liberty. "We show our solidarity towards the victims and their families. "All means are being deployed to help the wounded," he said. France is being threatened by "Islamic terrorism", he said, and had to "demonstrate absolute vigilance". The nation had to show "determination that is unfailing". "France is horrified by what has taken place, this monstrosity of using a truck to deliberately kill dozens of people who had come to celebrate 14 July. "France is afflicted but I assure you she is strong and she will always be stronger than the fanatics that want to strike her today." Hollande said it was an act of terror that "cannot be ignored" and this is "of absolute horror and it is clear that we have to do everything to ensure that we can fight against the scourge of terrorism". He said they needed to see if there were accomplices involved in the attack. "Human rights are denied by fanatics and France is quite clearly their target" "Numerous measures have been taken, measures which have been considerably enforced and strengthened, but we have to because this is holiday time, we have to increase further our level of protection." "I've also decided to appeal on the operational reserves...We can deploy them where we need them, and in particular, for the control of borders" "I announced yesterday morning that a defense council would take place tomorrow. It will study all measures that we've already taken and which I've just announced. It will thus make it possible to have a deployment of all necessary staff at all sites and all towns and cities where we need them for protection and vigilance" The French government has called for the cancellation of all events scheduled in Nice in the coming days. Reports from Nice say a 31-year-old French-Tunisian man was driving the truck. AFP reported identity papers of a French-Tunisian were found in the vehicle. According to The Guardian, reports said the driver was known to police, but not for terrorist-related activity. At least 100 people were injured and many are crowding the lobby of luxury hotel Negresco, which has been turned into a field hospital.
The Daily Telegraph is reporting that three Australians have been injured in the attack. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confirmed all three suffered minor injuries while fleeing the horror. One of the injured Aussies was a woman on a Topdeck tour, the tour company confirmed. Helicopters were reportedly landed on the Promenade des Anglais. Images from the scene showed about a dozen people lying on the street, some being attended to, and videos posted online showed people fleeing in panic. Some were screaming, many were pushing children in pushchairs.
Certains blessés évacués au Negresco # Nice # France pic.twitter.com/loJBF0pIyA— Imed Chkir (@Imed_Chkir) July 14, 2016
The crowd had gathered at the Place Massena, the city's main square, and fireworks marking Bastille Day, a public holiday in France, had just been let off when the attack happened at about 10pm local time. The square is now cordoned off.
Il s'agit du pire drame de l'histoire de Nice car plus de 70 victimes sont déjà à déplorer.— Christian Estrosi (@cestrosi) July 14, 2016
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman said 882 New Zealanders are registered as being in France. "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is aware of the incident where truck crashed into a large crowd attending a Bastille Day event in Nice, France. "The New Zealand Embassy in Paris is liaising with the local authorities to ascertain whether any New Zealanders have been harmed." The Guardian reported jihadist propaganda had suggested using a vehicle ploughing into a crowd as a terror attack for several years. Facebook has enabled safety check so people in the area can notify friends that they are okay. Hollande also extended by three months a state of emergency that was supposed to have ended on July 26. "Nothing will lead us to give in to our will to fight against terrorism. We are going to strengthen our efforts in Syria and Iraq against those who are attacking us on our very soil." He said he would go to Nice on Friday (French time) to support the city. https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/news/france-security-incident-nice
Our thoughts are with the victims of the tragic events in Nice, their families, and the people of France.— John Key (@johnkeypm) July 14, 2016