Published On: Fri, Jul 15th, 2016

France’s Hollande says Nice attack undeniably of terrorist nature

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French President Francois Hollande reacts after a televised interview at the Elysee Palace where he said that France will not extend a state of emergency put in place after the November 2015 attacks beyond July 26, following the Bastille Day military parade in Paris, France, July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Mori/Pool

French President Francois Hollande reacts after a televised interview at the Elysee Palace where he said that France will not extend a state of emergency put in place after the November 2015 attacks beyond July 26, following the Bastille Day military parade in Paris, France, July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Mori/Pool

French President Francois Hollande said Thursday’s lethal attack on the southern city of Nice was clearly a terrorist assault and that the state of emergency imposed since a previous attack on Paris last November would be extended for another three months.

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Speaking after an emergency meeting in the early hours of Friday morning, Hollande said at least 77 people were killed in an attack in which the assailant drove a big truck at high speed into dense crowds who were watching a fireworks display on the country’s national Bastille Day holiday.

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“There’s no denying the terrorist nature of this attack of yet again the most extreme form of violence,” the French leader said in a national television address at 4 a.m. (0200 GMT), about five or six hours after the carnage in Nice.

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(Reporting by Andrew Callus, Michel Rose and Bate Felix: Writing by Brian Love)

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