In a late-night address to the nation, French President Francois Hollande linked the deadly “terrorist attack” in Nice to the conflict in Iraq and Syria — and said France will intensify its military operations there in the aftermath of today’s tragedy.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, in which a large truck plowed into a crowd in Nice, France, killing at last 80 people late Thursday. But Hollande said that “the terrorist nature” of the attack “cannot be denied.”
Hollande: "Nous allons encore renforcer nos actions en Syrie et en Irak" #AttentatNice
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“Nothing will lead us to give in, to give up our fight against terrorism. We will continue to reinforce our actions in Syria and Iraq,” Hollande said, according to a translation of his remarks by France 24. “We will continue to strike those who are attacking us on our own soil.”
French officials said investigators are working to identify the driver of the truck, who was killed in the attack, and determine if anyone else was involved.