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FRENCH NEWS: (updated 12:14) France was hit on the day of its national celebrations, a day that celebrates freedom, President Francois Hollande has said…
Speaking to the nation early on Friday morning, the President said that while there must be absolute vigilance in the face of the Islamist threat, France will increase its involvement in fighting in Iraq and Turkey.
The driver of the truck was a 31 year-old Franco-Tunisian, according to police. He is reported to have shouted “allahu akbar” as he jumped from the cab of the truck firing a small-calibre pistol. He was a Nice resident and has been named as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old delivery driver. He was reported to be a French passport holder who lived in the Riviera city and was regularly in trouble with the law. If he was acting alone, this underlines the challenges facing the security services in trying to stop such attacks.
Condolences for the victims have flooded in from across the globe. One of the first leaders to do so was Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. American president Obama said his thoughts were with America’s “most faithful ally.”
On a visit to Nice, French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve called for absolute vigilance in the face of the “extreme violence” of the terrorists. “There were many children among the victims,” said Eric Ciotti, member of the French parliamewnt for the Alpes-Maritimes. Local hospitals have issued a request for blood donations.
The National Council and government have come together for the 3rd Joint Monitoring Meeting on Covid-19.
As lockdown continues, the fire brigade of Monaco is taking additional steps to ensure the rules of confinement are respected, notably by integrating a drone as part of its public safety repertoire.
The Assembly has unanimously re-elected Stéphane Valeri as President of the National Council, with Brigitte Boccone-Pagès remaining as Vice-President.
Two Monaco-based companies are doing their bit to help during the Covid-19 pandemic.