84 dead in Nice attack

Following the most recent act of terrorism in Nice, France that left that left 84 people dead, nearly 200 injured, and a handful of those injured in critical condition, French President François Hollande has issued an extension to the State of Emergency. The State of Emergency was scheduled to be lifted on July 26th, and had been in effect since the coordinated attacks in Paris back in November. However, following the latest developments in the aftermath of the Nice attacks, Hollande has extended the State of Emergency by another three months.

Hollande condemned the attack, and, in a televised address, he stated that “the whole of France is under threat from Islamic terrorism.” Hollande went on to call the attack a “monstrosity,” and in response, will put in place reserve forces to aid police and other security personell, with an added emphasis on protecting border areas.

As of the writing of this article, the total number of injured persons has risen to 188, with 52 of those injuries being classified as critical, and 3-4 of those critical victims being children. Authorities are also still in the process of identifying all of the victims and contacting their families. So far, two Americans, a Russian student, and a motorcyclist have been confirmed dead. The motorcyclist is said to have attempted to board the truck in an effort to stop 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel during the attack (according to The Guardian).

Aftermath of Paris attacks still widely felt

The most recent attack in Nice comes not long after France was recently shaken by events that unfolded in Paris back in November. The coordinated attacks carried out by gunmen and suicide bombers targeted a concert hall, a major stadium, restaurants, and bars, and, when the carnage was all said and done, it left 130 people dead in its wake (along with hundreds more wounded).

At that time, the attacks were described by French President François Hollande as an “act of war,”on behalf of the Islamic State (IS), and while the driver of the vehicle that killed 84 people in Nice (Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel) claimed no affiliation with the Islamic State, it's clear that that act of war is still ongoing.

In the wake of these recent attacks, the world continues to mourn the loss of life, as well as hold out hope for those injured and those that are still fighting for their lives.

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