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France in Shock After Truck Attack in Nice

07/16/2016

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  • A driver killed more than 80 people and injured others when he crashed a large truck into a crowd in Nice, France Thursday night.
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  • People had gathered in Nice for a celebration of Bastille Day.
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  • Nice is the fifth-largest city in France.
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  • It is a port city about 30 kilometers from the Italian border.
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  • About 350,000 people live there.
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  • The driver was shot and killed.
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  • Police identified him as a 31-year-old French-Tunisian who lived in Nice.
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  • Police said he was known as a violent person and longtime criminal.
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  • But security forces did not suspect him of having links to terrorist groups.
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  • The driver entered a street that was closed to traffic at the time.
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  • He crashed through a barrier, then drove through the crowd for up to two kilometers, speeding up and targeting people as they tried to flee.
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  • French President Francois Hollande spoke to the nation early Friday.
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  • He said “nothing will make us give way in the fight against terrorism.”
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  • He talked about the terrorist attacks in Paris last November.
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  • He said all of France is being threatened by the Islamic State terrorist group.
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  • Hollande extended the country’s state of emergency -- which was to end later this month -- for three months.
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  • He has also ordered 10,000 members of the military to help security forces throughout the country.
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  • And he said France will increase its roles in Syria and Iraq.
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  • This is the third large attack in France since last year.
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  • An attack in Paris in November killed at least 130 people and a series of attacks in January 2015 that began with an assault on the offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo killed 17 people.
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  • I’m Christopher Jones-Cruise.
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