A brutal attack in Nice, France last night has left 84 people dead and a further 50 injured. A lorry drove through a crowded street running over anyone in its path. At the time of writing, the attacker's motives are unknown.
Many were out celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French city when, according to reports, a lorry swerved off the road and into the crowed Promenade des Anglais. Witnesses say that the lorry zigzagged through the crowd for around two kilometres (1.2 miles) before police were able to shoot the driver dead. France has been in a state of emergency since the Paris attacks in November, and this has now been extended for another three months.
At present, no links to terrorist groups have been uncovered, and no group has come forward to affiliate themselves with the attack, although President Francois Hollande said the attack was of ‘an undeniable terrorist nature’. After finally bringing the lorry to a stop, the driver then pulled a gun and started firing at the crowd and the police, before finally being shot dead. According to reports, the police found guns and grenades inside the lorry, some of which turned out to be fake.
The attack has also affected travel stocks, with shares in EasyJet down three per cent, and IAG down two per cent. Jasper Lawler, market analyst at CMC Markets UK, said: “European markets look set to open lower on Friday, coming off multi-month highs in the wake of the horrific attack last night during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France.”
French flags will today be flying at half-mast and Nice's jazz festival has been cancelled.
Image: The Promenade de Anglais, where the attack took place