Obama Calls Hollande, Condemns 'Appalling' Attack in Nice

We can not continue to ask every three months if the [state of emergency] continues.

Additionally, Hollande said the government had made a decision to draw upon operational reserves, including army veterans and former members of the gendarmerie "to come and help relieve the pressure on the police and gendarmes".

"We didn't know if there was another truck, but there was no doubt in our minds this was a terrorist attack by someone who was deliberately out to kill large numbers of people".

They fanned out to enjoy nighttime street artists, arcade games and food stalls or strolls back to their hotels beside the gentle Mediterranean tide. "A person jumped onto the truck to try to stop it". The 40-year-old Parisian suffered a broken arm while fleeing the scene and jumping from the pedestrian promenade to the beach below. "The child was dead".

Of the 202 injured, 52 were critically hurt.

Bystander Franck Sidoli said he had seen people go down.

In France, there were two other recent attacks using vehicles, but it was disputed whether the assailants had links to terrorist cells.

He was reportedly known to police for common law crimes but was not on any terror watch list.

Hollande's government, whose popularity is plumbing record lows in polls, has been buffeted by allegations that France's intelligence services have failed to get a handle on the country's jihadist threat. In his sombre address Friday, Hollande said France would "step up" military action against Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq.

While so-called lone wolves or small groups using commonplace items like cars or knives to carry out attacks are notoriously hard to track, the killer in Nice rented the huge 19-ft. truck, which some analysts say could be a way in for law enforcement to do track his movements, or find more information on his ties to Islamist leaders overseas or fellow militants already inside France.

Bouhlel's attack was stopped thanks to a handful of police who pursued the truck on foot and, possibly, by motorcycle as he plowed through the first crowds outside the Negresso. "The motorcyclist attempted to overtake the truck and even tried to open the driver's door, but he fell and ended up under the wheels of the truck", Richard Gutjahr, 42, told AFP on Friday.

Officers investigate the scene of the terrorist attack Friday in the French Riviera town of Nice. I often saw him during the day. "I looked to my left and there was an old man, perhaps a grandfather, and a young boy of about 10".

As well, the call for action urges followers to: discuss propaganda with youngsters to make sure they are shielded from extreme ideology, including on the Internet; talk with members of other faiths to help dispel misperceptions about Islam; support Muslim institutions that promote religious tolerance; engage in positive civic activism; show pride in Muslim Canadian identity; and "Pray that Allah brings a quick end to this nightmare". I leapt one way. Police found various weapons, including fake guns, in the vehicle. They thought there was a bomb, so I turned around as quickly as I could.

He said the toll from the attack could rise.

When police closed in, handguns drawn, El Shafei said Bouhlel opened fire.

"I never saw him at the mosque", said the caretaker of an apartment building as he sat in a restaurant next to the mosque, who asked not to be named. "The police surrounded the auto and they kept shooting him until they were sure he's dead".

"His wife had asked for a divorce after a violent argument", said the man, who also asked not to be identified. Another neighbour said he was a "good-looking man" and she was suspicious of the way he eyed her daughters.

Witnesses said he swerved from side to side to kill as many as possible. "He'd just mown them down".

At least 10 children are among the 84 people to have died in the attack. "It could have been incalculably worse". The country has been in a state of emergency since November with heightened security, but the Nice carnage showed how vulnerable it remains to an attack by what appeared to be a determined individual.

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