"All these bodies and their families... they spent hours on the ground holding the cold hands of bodies dismembered by the truck".
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa offered a symbolic "hug for France on its national day and in the face of this tragedy caused by madness".
"Why Nice? Because it's a town famous across the world, a attractive town, one of the most handsome on the planet", Hollande said. The weapon of choice in this instance was a large white lorry that was driven indiscriminately, swerving from side to side to maximize casualties, which brought carnage to 2km of the Promenade des Anglais as Bastille Day celebrations reached their height.
But as the last firework fizzled out, the attack was launched, leaving children among the dead.
This is a timeline of the attack that French President Francois Hollande has declared was of "an undeniable terrorist nature".
The building was set to be lit up in a poignant show of solidarity after a killer truck driver ploughed into crowds, including families, celebrating Bastille Day.
History of Non-Extremist Crimes According to an investigation opened by the the Ministry of Justice, Bouhlel had a criminal record and was known by police for history of armed assault and domestic violence.
On November 13, a series of co-ordinated attacks in the city left 130 people dead, including 89 as they watched a concert inside the Bataclan theatre. It was due to expire later this month.
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There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Eric Dartell was eating at a restaurant on the street where the incident happened. By midday, investigators said 202 people were wounded with 52 in critical condition.
Zenatti said her own daughter, a 16-year-old, was at the fireworks too, in a different area from her relatives.
Witness Nadar El Shafei told the BBC: 'He died inside the vehicle - I saw his head [hanging] out of the window, they kept shooting him from all sides just to be sure.
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the attack made her "sick at heart". You can not murder people like that, in a country like France, it's not possible, it's not even acceptable. "I grabbed my son, I felt like shielding him, protecting him from seeing that".