Hollande extends France’s state of emergency after Bastille Day massacre
President Francois Hollande addressed the nation in the wake of the lorry attack on a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day in Nice.
“A horror has come down on France again,” he said, adding that “the terrorist character [of the the attack] cannot be denied”.
Mr Hollande announced three measures in the wake of the attack, including the extension of France’s state of emergency – due to end on 26 July – for a further three months.
He also announced the calling up of army reserves to bolster the ranks of police and gendarmes, as well as the continuation of Operation Sentinel, a mobilisation of 10,000 armed forces on the streets of the country.