[VIDEO] French Prime Minister Manuel Valls Booed at Memorial Service to Victims on Promenade des AnglaisPosted: July 18, 2016
France’s Socialist prime minister Manuel Valls was booed by a huge crowd in Nice on Monday before and after a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the deadly Bastille Day attack.
Nice residents applauded and cheered the emergency services and police, chanting “Merci, merci”.
But there were shouts of “Murderers!” and “Resign!” as Mr Valls and two cabinet colleagues left the seafront where thousands had gathered to remember the 84 people killed on July 14 by truck driver Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel.
Following the minute’s silence, crowds sung the French national anthem.
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“The pictures are so heartbreaking, and it seems almost impious to comment on them.
But it strikes me — in the nineteenth century, “terrorism” was defined as the “propaganda of the deed,” meaning that you made your manifesto, you made your statement, by doing something — usually horrible, by killing people.
But those terrorists, a century and a half ago, could never have imagined how that would work in a day where the telecommunications are instant. That was just a non-official carrying an iPhone who could immediately show the world the deed.
And the other thing — the conjunction of one other horrible development — which is this terror organization that thrives, glorifies brutality. And what it does for them is the idea that you can terrorize your enemy, and you can recruit the more disturbed and sadistic people in the world who want to follow this into their own distorted promised land.
So it has two purposes, which is why it will continue. In the end, what was said ten, fifteen years ago, father 9/11: We have a choice. We have to fight them there, or we will have to fight them here. Obviously, it’s happening here.”
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New video has emerged that shows the seconds before a truck drove into a crowd in Nice, France.
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Posted: July 14, 2016
30 70+ Dead, 100 Injured After Truck Rams into Bastille Day Crowd in Southern French City of Nice
There are reports multiple people have been killed after a truck crashed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French city of Nice.
Police and ambulances went to the scene and authorities from the local Alpes-Maritimes prefecture urged residents to stay indoors.
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— yannick (@yvnnick) July 14, 2016
Former Nice mayor Christian Estrosi tweeted that “dozens” of people had been killed and photos on social media appeared to show bodies lying on the ground.
Local media called the incident a terrorist attack.
An AFP reporter described seeing a white van driving at high speed onto the famed Promenade des Anglais as people were leaving after the fireworks display.
— HARP DETECTIVES (@harp_detectives) July 14, 2016
“We saw people hit and bits of debris flying around,” he said, adding that the incident took place near the city’s famed Hotel Negresco.
Terrified pedestrians screamed as they fled the area.
“It was absolute chaos,” the reporter said.
A truck crashed into the crowd gathered Thursday, July 14 on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice to attend the fireworks organized by the municipality on the occasion of National Day . The Alpes-Maritimes prefecture spoke of an attack and asked residents to stay cloistered . According to the mayor and witnesses present on site , many victims are reported. Around 23 h 20 , a major security perimeter was delimited nearby, around the Place Massena. A journalist from the local Nice Matin publication says ” people are running , it’s panic . It is mounted on the Prome and drove all over the world. There the world in blood , probably full of wounded . “
ABC producer David Coady was at the scene, and said he “joined throngs of people” running away from the promenade.
“Saw a truck amongst people when the screaming started. About 50m away,” he tweeted. Read the rest of this entry »
A jeweler kills an escaping robber in Nice, and ignites a debate about how to handle crime in France.
Theodore Dalrymple writes: “Revenge is a kind of wild justice,” said Francis Bacon, “which the more a man’s heart runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.” But what if that law, far from weeding it out, fertilizes and irrigates it by excessive leniency towards criminals?
In France the current minister of justice, Christiane Taubira, is determined to reduce the number of law-breakers sentenced to imprisonment, despite a recent steep rise in burglaries. By no means does all of the French public approve. Many want severe and unequivocal punishment of criminals, in the absence of which they approve—with varying degrees of reluctance or enthusiasm—of victims taking the law into their own hands.
This was illustrated to perfection recently in the case of Stéphan Turk in Nice. Just over a week ago, the jeweler, of Lebanese extraction, shot dead one of the two armed robbers who had threatened him with what looked like an automatic weapon. Mr. Turk pulled the trigger as they were making their escape, having relieved him of money and jewels. Mr. Turk was subsequently arrested and charged with voluntary homicide. Read the rest of this entry »