[VIDEO] French Prime Minister Manuel Valls Booed at Memorial Service to Victims on Promenade des Anglais

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”.

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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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At Least 80 Dead, 18 Seriously Injured in Bastille Day Terror Attack in France 

Social media captures bodies of victims strewn in the street, police officers training their weapons on truck

At least 80 people were killed and 18 others were seriously injured Thursday when a terrorist drove a large truck loaded with guns and hand grenades into a crowd that had gathered for a Bastille Day fireworks display in the southern French city of Nice.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but two sources, including a U.S. counterterrorism source who collects and monitors jihadist social media, told Fox News that accounts linked to ISIS were “celebratory” and their followers were told to use the hashtag “Nice”.

The death toll was confirmed by French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve early Friday morning. Earlier, French President Francois Hollande said that children were among the dead, and said his country was “under the threat of Islamic terrorism. We have to demonstrate absolute vigilance and show determination that is unfailing.”

Hollande also announced that he would extend France’s state of emergency by another three months, until Oct. 26. France has been on its highest state of alert since ISIS terrorists killed 130 people in Paris this past Nov. 13.

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French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said the truck driver had been “neutralized”, or killed by police, and an investigation would confirm whether he had acted alone. The Paris prosecutor’s office announced that it was opening an anti-terrorism investigation into the attack.

Sky News and the Nice-Matin newspaper reported that the driver was a 31-year-old Nice resident of Tunisian origin. No other details of his identity were immediately avaiable. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Krauthammer: We Either Fight ISIS over There or ‘We Will Fight Them Here’ 

“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.”

Read more at The Corner


[VIDEO] Bastille Day Massacre: New Footage Of Truck Driving Into Crowd 

New video has emerged that shows the seconds before a truck drove into a crowd in Nice, France.


BREAKING: At Least 30 70+ Dead, 100 Injured After Truck Rams into Bastille Day Crowd in Southern French City of Nice

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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.

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.

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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.

“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.

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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 . “

Source: lemonde.fr

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 Shooting in Nice Exposes France’s Crime Problem

 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?

If Asli had received a longer sentence, he would still be alive and Turk would not be under house arrest.

If Asli had received a longer sentence, he would still be alive and Turk would not be under house arrest.

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 »