the Nation on the Terrorist Attack in Nice
Horror -- Horror has just descended once again on France.
this evening, a truck struck against a crowd of people celebrating 14th of July
fireworks with the intent to crush and massacre.
in mourning at this moment 77 people, including many children, and some 20
people are in a critical condition.
attack has all the elements to be called a
terrorist attack and, once again it was an extremely violent one, and it's
clear that we must do everything in our power to fight this scourge of
driver was shot dead. At this point we don't know whether he had any
accomplices, but we're making sure that his identification, which is going to be
confirmed, can put us onto any possible leads.
was hit on its National Day, 14 July, the symbol of freedom, because human
rights are denied by these fanatics, and because France is obviously their target.
behalf of a nation in tears, I express our solidarity with the victims and their
resources are being deployed to help the injured. The White Plan mobilizing all
hospitals in the region has been triggered. After Paris in January 2015, then
November last year, along with Saint-Denis, now Nice, in turn, has been hit. The
whole of France is under the threat of Islamist terrorism.
these circumstances, we must show absolute vigilance and unfailing
measures have already been taken. Our legislative arsenal has been strengthened
considerably. But because this is the summer season, we must further increase
our level of protection.
decided, at the Prime Minister's proposal and together with the ministers
concerned -- the Defence and Interior Ministers - firstly that we'll maintain
Operation Sentinelle at a high level, which enables us to mobilize 10,000
soldiers, in addition to gendarmes and police.
also decided to call in operational reserves -- i.e. all those who have at some
point served under the flag or been in the gendarmerie -- to come and help
relieve the pressure on the police and gendarmes. We'll be able to deploy them
wherever we need them, particularly for border control.
I have decided that the state of emergency, which was to end on 26 July, will be
extended by three months. A bill will be submitted to Parliament by next week.
will make us yield in our determination to combat terrorism, and we're going to
further intensify our strikes in Syria and Iraq. We'll continue to hit those who
attack us on our own soil, in their hideouts. I announced this yesterday
meeting of the Defence Council will be held tomorrow [on 15 July]. It will
examine all the measures which we've already taken and which I've just
announced. It will therefore enable all the necessary personnel to be deployed
on every site and in every town and city where we need protection and vigilance.
Following this Defence Council meeting, I'll go to Nice with the Prime Minister
to support the city and its elected representatives in this ordeal and to
mobilize all the necessary capabilities.
is deeply distressed by over this new tragedy. It's horrified by what has just
happened, this monstrosity of using a lorry to kill, to deliberately kill dozens
of people who had simply come to celebrate 14 July.
is in tears, it's deeply distressed, but it's strong and will always be stronger
-- I assure you of that -- than the fanatics who seek to attack it today.
Original English Text Source: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/