Many foreigners, children among Nice dead and injured: Hollande

2016-07-15 16:15
Relatives of victims of the Bastille Day attack comfort each other as they gather in front of Pasteur Hospital in Nice. (Claude Paris, AP

Relatives of victims of the Bastille Day attack comfort each other as they gather in front of Pasteur Hospital in Nice. (Claude Paris, AP

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Nice - French President Francois Hollande said on Friday that "many foreigners and young children" were among those killed or injured after the truck attack on a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, with around 50 fighting for their lives.

"There are French among the victims and also many foreigners from every continent and many children, young children," said a clearly moved Hollande in a speech from a hospital in the French Riviera city.

"As I speak 84 people are dead, and around 50 are in a critical condition between life and death," he added.

Witnesses said a truck drove at speed into a crowd for 2km after around 30 000 people had been watching a fireworks display on France's national day.

Hollande previously described the attack on the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais as being of an "undeniable terrorist nature".

In a new development, the ex-wife of the man said to be behind the attack, was held for questioning on Friday, a police source said.

Investigators are seeking to establish the motives of the suspect, 31-year-old Tunisian-born Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, but are also looking for possible accomplices.

READ: Nice attack - all the details

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