After the Nice attack, François Hollande announced that the state of emergency, which was to end on July 26, would be extended for three months.
“J’ai décidé que l’état d’urgence, qui devait prendre fin le 26 juillet, sera prolongé de trois mois,” he said during a televised broadcast. “Un projet de loi sera soumis au Parlement d’ici la semaine prochaine,” he said.
The Head of State also assured that France would “strengthen” its “action in Iraq and Syria” after the deadly attack that hit Nice. “Rien ne nous fera céder dans notre volonté de lutter contre le terrorisme et nous allons encore renforcer nos actions en Syrie comme en Irak. Nous continuerons à frapper ceux qui justement nous attaquent sur notre propre sol, dans leurs repères. Je l’ai annoncé hier matin,” said the President of the Republic since the Elysee.
A truck drove into the crowd that was on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice where people turned up for the fireworks on July 14, causing several casualties, according to the mayor of the city.
The vehicle, a white truck, drove at full speed on the people according to an AFP journalist on the spot, sparking panic and throwing debris all around.
The truck driver who crashed into the crowd was shot.