World mourns with France after Nice attack

2016-07-16 澳洲华人俱乐部










France has declared three days of national mourning from Saturday (local time) after at least 84 people were mown down by a truck while watching a Bastille Day fireworks display in Nice.

After travelling to the resort city, President Francois Hollande held a press conference where he praised both emergency responders and the strength of the French community in the face of terror.

He said the attack had come on July 14 because it was "a celebration of liberty".

"This is why this individual committed this terrorist attack," he said.

"We are facing a long battle, because we have an enemy who will continue to hate all the people, all the countries, who enjoy liberty, who put liberty as the essential value," he added.

Mr Hollande went on to say that France had "given a beautiful example to the world" because it had been "able to show unity [and] cohesion".

"The world is thinking of us and the world thinks that we are a strong country capable to overcome all the challenges," he said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the Government wanted to extend the state of emergency, which has been in force since the November 13 Paris attacks, until October.

He said flags would be flown at half-mast and a law extending increased powers for the police would be put before Parliament next week.

"Times have changed, and France is going to have to live with terrorism, and we must face this together and show our collective sangfroid," he said.

"France is a great country and a great democracy and we will not allow ourselves to be destabilised," he added.

"We want to bring the French nation together. The only dignified response [to the attack] is for France to stick with the spirit of July 14, a France that is united around its values".

Meanwhile, the Tour de France continued under heightened security and in a low-key mood on the day after the attack.

After race organisers debated whether it should be cancelled, the 13th stage of the race began with its publicity caravan — usually playing loud music to energise the thousands lining the route — silenced for the day.

"We want this day to be a day of dignity as a tribute to the victims … we think, after agreeing with authorities, that the race must continue," said race director Christian Prudhomme.

Candles lit at vigils around the world

  • A woman places flowers on July 15, 2016 near the site in Nice where a gunman smashed a truck into a crowd of revellers celebrating Bastille Day, killing at least 84 people. (AFP: Boris Horvat)

  • About 25 people hold hands in King George Square, Brisbane, outside City Hall which is lit up blue, white, and red for the people of France. (ABC: Francis Tapim)

  • People stand around candles at a vigil for Nice at Circular Quay in Sydney. (ABC: Jackson Vernon)

  • The Melbourne Star is lit up in blue, white and red to show solidarity with France after the attack in Nice. (ABC News: Patrick Rocca)

  • Italian Lower House Speaker Laura Boldrini (C) and France's ambassador to Italy Catherine Colonna (R) arrive at the French Embassy in Rome to lay a wreath of flowers on July 15, 2016, after the deadly attack in Nice.  (AFP: Tiziana Fabi)

  • A young woman places a candle in front of the French Embassy in Berlin on July 15, 2016, after the deadly attack in Nice. (AFP: John MacDougall)

  • A man pauses while he leaves a bunch of flowers outside the French embassy in London on July 15, 2016 in solidarity following the attack in the southern French city of Nice. (AFP: Daniel Leal-Olivas)

Vigils have been held around the world, with flowers laid and candles lit for the victims of the attack.

In Bangkok, members of the French community observed a minute's silence at a vigil attended by the French ambassador to Thailand, Gilles Garachon.

The French community in Tokyo attended a vigil at the French ambassador's residence.

Flowers and candles were laid at embassies across Europe, as national leaders and members of the public expressed their solidarity with the people of France.

In Tunisia, where the 31-year-old driver was born, President Beji Caid Essebsi met with ambassador Francois Gouyette to express condolences to France and its people for what Tunisia said was a "cowardly attack", and to call for "solidarity" in the fight against terrorism.

Ivory Coast's Prime Minister, Daniel Kablan Duncan, signed a condolence book at the French embassy in Abidjan.

In Australia, vigils in capital and regional cities have seen landmarks lit up in the blue, white and red of the French flag.



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