Late on Thursday, a gunman smashed a truck into a crowd of people in Nice during Bastille Day celebrations. "This attack that has all the elements to be called a terrorist attack is once again of an incredible violence, and we have to do everything we can to fight this terrorist plague". "We have to demonstrate absolute vigilance and show determination that is unfailing". Hollande went on to say that the state of emergency would be gone by July 26th. The driver was shot and killed.
There is video of the aftermath of this attack which can only be described as horrific.
"On a day where Australians marched alongside their French counterparts this cruel attack has struck innocents celebrating their national day".
"Dear Nicois", local mayor Christian Estrosi tweeted, "The driver of a truck appears to have killed dozens of people". All other events, including a five-day jazz concert and Rihanna concert have been cancelled.
The Paris prosecutor's office opened an investigation for "murder, attempted murder in an organized group linked to a terrorist enterprise".
The French daily Le Figaro quoted security sources as saying, "several weapons, guns and grenades were found inside the truck".
"All of France is under the threat of Islamic terrorists", a somber President Francois Hollande said on national television early Friday.
"The identification of the criminal is in progress", he said, refusing to confirm reports that an ID card was found after police shot the truck driver dead. The witness said there was only one person in the truck. We thought they were fireworks because it's the 14th of July. Another terror attack results in an outpouring of condemnation against the attacker and expressions of solidarity for the victims.
France has just successfully hosted the Euro football championships and was starting to hope that the process of healing was underway. He added that the choice of the day - Bastille Day, when France celebrates its post-French Revolution republic - was particularly poignant.
Asked if the Nice attack would prompt the Government to spend more on Britain's counter-terror efforts, Mrs May said: "The Government is already making more funding available for the security services which will enable them to increase their efforts".
France has been under a state of emergency since November past year when Islamic extremists attacked France's capital Paris killing 130 people.
According to some reports, the terrorist - a 31-year-old French-Tunisian man - may be connected to Islamic State, though no organization has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, RIA Novosti reported.