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I'm Christian Fraser live from the French city

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of Nice where 84 people, including 10 children,

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have been killed by a truck driven at speed into crowds

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gathered speed directly targeting spectators and holidaymakers

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in what's being described as a terrorist attack.

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People were running everywhere, screaming.

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In that moment, we understood that it's something serious.

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The driver of the truck was finally shot and killed by police.

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He's thought to be a 31-year-old French-Tunisian.

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People fled in panic as the lorry drove along the city's promenade.

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The French President says the country faces

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We have an enemy who will continue to hate all the peoples,

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all the countries, who put liberty as the essential value.

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As the government here declares three days of national mourning,

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a service is held at Nice cathedral to pay tribute to the victims.

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Good evening, happening with alarming regularity, but this time

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not with automatic weapons, not a suicide vest, but with a truck,

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terrifyingly simple, just as effective and deadly. Throughout the

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course of the Day today, in the hot sun, down here on the Promenade des

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Anglais, police have been working on a crime scene that goes over one

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mile. The truck driven by 31 euros Tunisia Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel

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drove down the promenade without a shred of mercy. 84 people killed,

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ten children, and 52 people remain in a critical condition.

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The attack happened at around 11pm local time Nice,

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on the seafront avenue, the Promenade des Anglais,

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The road has been partially closed to allow pedestrians to use it

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Eyewitnesses say the truck hit several people near

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the Hotel Negresco, a well-known local landmark.

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The hotel's lobby was used as a clearing station to treat

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the wounded and offer emergency medical help.

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The lorry continued along the Promenade until it had almost

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reached the Palais de la Mediterranee.

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Police say there was an exchange of gunfire,

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which resulted in the driver, being shot dead.

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President Hollande said he deplored what he called a terrorist attack

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and announced an extension of the national state

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We need to wait and see, there is no direct link to any terrorist group.

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The prosecutor investigating says they are looking into the background

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of the driver. There has been a national state of emergency in place

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which will be extended for another three months.

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Our Correspondent Lucy Williamson has our first report.

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It contains images you may find distressing.

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Each lovers, partygoers and children.

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Hunted with the most mundane of weapons, a lorry.

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It arrived as the fireworks were ending, crawling

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onto the promenade before picking up speed and heading straight

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Its first appearance caught on camera by this man.

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Up until this very moment here, the truck actually didn't

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run over anybody, yet there was a motorcyclist trying

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to approach the truck, trying to open the door while driving.

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He failed and fell off the motorcycle.

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And then there were two police officers standing right here at that

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very corner and they fired two gunshots at the driver

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Up until then, the rampage took place.

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The vehicle accelerated and ran in a very odd way,

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It zigzagged for more than a mile through the street

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Bodies were falling like skittles, one witness said.

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Another saw parents throwing their children over fences

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The police surrounded the car and they kept shooting him

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I saw him dead already, I've saw his head outside

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Again, the French police officer, when he saw me standing up

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and filming, he came to be aggressively and yelled at me to get

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And for all the people on the beach to run,

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because maybe they thought there was a bomb in the car

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or other people hiding inside the truck from behind.

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At that moment, I realised that this is really something wrong

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and I started to run with the people.

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Police found a fake rifle, and into grenade, and very documents.

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French officials say the driver was a local man,

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a 31-year-old French Tunisian known to police for petty crimes.

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Today, the only figures on Nice's empty sea

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front was forensics team, picking their way through

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France was just begin to feel safe again after the attacks last year,

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safe enough even to come out and celebrate being French.

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But as people ran, screaming, down the street, last night,

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the sound of gunfire mimicking fireworks, that moment of national

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pride and national unity became once again an individual race to survive.

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Imad said he froze when he saw the lorry and then ran

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Above the screams, he heard the lorry's engine just behind him,

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And then when I jumped over the bench, I found myself...

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I jumped onto a woman, she was laying on the ground.

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I just closed my eyes and waited for the crash.

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I was feeling I was going to die, I was feeling really, really scared.

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I didn't know what to do, but I gave up on that moment.

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Until I saw the bench breaking up, it was too loud and scary.

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I looked at it and I found it destroyed.

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The thing that was between me and the truck was a small bench.

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The French president arriving in Nice today,

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described the attack as a monstrosity.

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Of the 200 people injured, he said 50 were hovering

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TRANSLATION: We are facing a long battle because we are facing

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an enemy who will continue to hate all the peoples, the countries,

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who enjoy liberty, who put liberty as the essential value.

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The flowers blooming on the barricades mark

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a particular kind of pain, the slow knocking torture

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Attacks that highlight the price of freedom, the failure

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of fraternity and that brutal equaliser, death.

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I think the most shocking thing about what happened last night was

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this relentless procession of the truck down the road, it kept going

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and lumbering and at 40 to 50 miles an hour, mowing down people in its

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way, nothing to stop it. Only the actions of very brave police women

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and men who were on the promenade who exchanged gunfire 300 metres

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from where the lorry stopped, and again, eventually killing the

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driver, ported to a halt. By that time, 84 people had been killed.

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Our correspondent Jon Donnison has more details.

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It was supposed to be a night of celebration.

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It ended in confusion, chaos and carnage.

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The attack started around 11pm local time, as thousands

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of families strolled home after a night of fireworks.

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The lorry was heading east along the Promenade des Anglais,

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and picked up speed on a rampage that was to last

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Within minutes, the first casualties were reported.

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The driver began to swerve from side to side, trying to kill as many

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He then careered into the pedestrian area.

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Armed police opened fire, but couldn't stop him,

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as he continued to plough through the crowd.

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Eyewitnesses say he was travelling at around 50 mph.

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You can see the Promenade des Anglais just behind the famous

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Hotel Negresco at the bottom of this street.

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By this point, several minutes into the attack,

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he had already killed dozens of people and it was to be 300

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or 400 more metres that way before he was finally stopped,

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Finally, further down the promenade, using heavy fire, police managed

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to stop the lorry and kill the driver, as people fled in panic.

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Matthew Scouller, from Kingston upon Thames,

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to be a dream holiday with his girlfriend.

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Today, he knows they are lucky to be alive.

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There was a lady in front of us on a scooter, with her kids,

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She wasn't trampled, but there were people

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People were picking up kids and running,

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and the kids were crying, as you can imagine.

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People didn't really know what was going on.

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This was not a high-tech attack, but the brutality and the banality

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of the method make it all the more terrifying.

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It very difficult thing to come to terms with those who were here, it

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Bastille day separations are very colourful and loud, and they can be

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very confusing, they can be. Let's speak to an eyewitness,

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Simon Coates. I know this has been a difficult day

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for your wife, I will speak to you. Tell me what you saw. We just left

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the fireworks and we both cycling home along the cycle track of the

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promenade. We got separated in the crowd, and as I was halfway home,

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about one kilometre from here, I saw that there was a white van veering

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down the promenade, actually on the pedestrian section. At first I

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thought it was out of control, but then I heard the screams and I

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realised it was aiming at people and it was not out of control, the

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driver was directing it at people. Within a few seconds, it was almost

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upon me. I looked to my left and there was an older man, and a young

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boy, about ten, the truck aimed straight for them. I dived slightly

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to my right, the little boy, I do not know how, he managed to get away

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by inches with the truck aimed at him. I then realised that this guy

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was heading straight towards where I expected my wife would be coming so

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I turned around and followed the truck, and awaited devastation, body

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after body. I must have checked about four dozen, five dozen people

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to see if it was my wife. So you had lost your wife Eddie

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to see if it was my wife. So you had lost your wife and you did not know

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if she was one of these people? That's right, I didn't know. I was

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cycling past trying to identify whether one of these people were my

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wife. Some of the people had been hit head on, a lot had been dragged

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under the lorry and were not recognisable, so I was looking to

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see if I could recognise her bike or item of clothing or shoes. I did not

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see anybody that I recognised that I was not completely reassured so I

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followed the white lorry until it came to stop behind us by the Hotel

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Negresco, yards beyond that. I got to within 20 yards and I saw the

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policeman was standing there pointing his gun into the passenger

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window. I realised that there were no further bodies, no more to check

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beyond that. And the police were screaming to get away, they thought

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there was a bomb. So I turned round as quickly as I could. The ground

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was very slippery with what was left of some people. And I almost fell

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over. But I managed to turn around and head back up the promenade. And

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I saw some dreadful things. It was like a chamber of horrors. Every

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person seemed to have died in an increasingly grotesque way. And all

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that horror, mixed with the terror that Amanda had been caught up in

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it. Yes, I did not know if she was alive or dead. I tried ringing her

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but her phone was not switched on. It had no charge. It took about 20

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minutes before we were able to get to each other. And that was the

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longest 20 minutes of my life. I know you did not want to speak, but

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you had to cycle path this as well. Is it your firm belief that those

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brave policeman, if they had not had jumped in... If they had not done

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what they had done, when I arrived, I could see that there was almost an

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open road before this man. The reason he had come off the promenade

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is because there was a gazebo which had stopped his progress so he had

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veered onto the road. If he had not been stopped, she would have been

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into the major crowds. There were drips and drabs, he killed 84

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people, they were in dribs and drabs. If he had got into the

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hundreds of thousands, they could have all died. Were it not for them,

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this could have been... It is bad enough now, but it could have been

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in calculable Lee Westwood. A policeman -- it hack could have been

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so much worse. I hear a policewoman was involved, he/she jumped onto the

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cab. How do you -- she jumped onto the cab. How do you come to terms

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with it? The may be important thing is that my wife is safe, that is a

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big part. You are left wondering how you can call yourself a human being,

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how you can say you follow God, and do something like this. They do not

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match up. What was done here, families were aimed at, repeatedly.

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Children. I saw one lady with a double boy, who had died, she was

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just lying next to him, talking in his ear, very calmly. I saw other

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people who were hysterical. These were families which were broken

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apart in a split second. No mercy at all. He veered left and right to hit

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as many people as he could. When I was coming back, I saw lots of

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plastic shards, long pieces of plastic, and I could not work out

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what they were. And then I realised that these were the sea front

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benches that people had been hiding behind and he had moaned them down.

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-- he had mowed them down. It was horrific. I spoke to other

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eyewitnesses who said that people were running from the back streets

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and then running another way, another attack could have been other

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way. There were a lot of rumours, there was a rumour which spread

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quickly about how there could have been a bomb in the old quarter, I do

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not know anything about that, I only saw what was on the promenade. And

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when you walked through the door and saw Amanda? It was the best feeling

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in the world. She had also been worried about me so she didn't know

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if I was one of the people on the promenade and I did not know if she

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was once so it was wonderful. We are very grateful to be together. And I

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think that helps a lot. The things that were done here were inhuman.

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You are here on holiday? Yes. So you are passionate about France. We do

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like France, who come every year. It is more heartbreaking when you think

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about the country and what it is going through. It is. We have

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friends here, we have been coming here many years, we know the local

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shopkeeper and the concierge, they are all devastated. Everyone knows

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someone involved, whether they are in the emergency services, or their

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child was missing, one of the ladies in the apartment we are staying in

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has a young child in the hospital. Everybody has been affected. As you

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will see behind us, all of the beaches are closed as a mark of

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respect for the people that died. People are just walking around in a

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daze today. A lot of them were here last night. That's right. Certainly,

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I think I was one of the very few people he was travelling up and down

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in the immediate aftermath. But gradually people began to appear to

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try and help do what they could the people. I was desperately trying to

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find my wife, by the time I had found her, the promenade is being

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closed off. The emergency services were starting to arrive. There were

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some very brave people who tried to do what they could but I have to say

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that most of the people who were injured were beyond help. I think a

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very high proportion of those people hit were killed outright. If you do

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not when methane, you both seem to be in shock, is there somewhere you

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can go and people you can talk to, do you have family here? We have

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been speaking to our family regularly through the day, we

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obvious we have each other, so that has been a big kelp. Visit --

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obviously have each other, so that has been a big help. Thank you for

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talking to us, I know it has been upsetting, I hope you take great

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care of yourself. Simon and his wife Amanda, extraordinary, some of the

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eyewitness accounts. Let's talk about the attacks in France. There

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have Against a perfect Riviera backdrop,

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the grisly investigation has begun. French crime scene officers have

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been piecing together the final Named as Tunisian born

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Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, he is believed to have lived in this

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apartment building in Nice. Neighbours described his

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behaviour as odd. If we arrived at the building

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behind him, he would slam the door Investigators have seized anything

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that could throw a light on why Bouhlel committed such

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an abominable act. He was known by the police

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for violence and petty theft He was convicted in March

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and sentenced by the court But there was nothing to suggest any

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sign of radicalisation. Only yesterday, during

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the Bastille Day parade, it was expected that France's state

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of emergency would be ended. Now it has been extended and 10,000

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troops have been mobilised. France is clearly a top target

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for so-called Islamic State or IS. It has the largest number of foreign

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fighters in Syria and Iraq, and also, the leadership

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of Islamic State now includes two Frenchman who have nothing else

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as a desire but to hit France. Using lorries like this was a call

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made by IS two years ago. It has established a network

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of supporters in every The security service

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here and the police anti-terror command are working closely

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with the French They are looking to see

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if there is any investigation that could link the attacker

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in Nice with anybody here. The government is reviewing

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its safety procedures to reduce the chances of a similar attack

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succeeding here in Britain. Tonight, the instrument of so many

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people's death and injury has Can France's next terror

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attack be stopped? All of this is happening in the

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context of a presidential election which is just around the corner, a

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lot of soul-searching in France, French President Francois Hollande

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has been here today, the country is already in the state security but he

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is upping the anti-little bit, putting another 10,000 Army

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reservists on the streets, in Nice and around France, tightening the

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Borders and looking again at security and intelligence procedures

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to see if there is anything they could have done.

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Let's speak to Jacques Reland, a specialist in French

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politics and security policy at the Global Policy Institute.

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He joins us via webcam from Saint-Malo in Brittany.

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Good of you to join us. Let's talk first about the politics, because it

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is important. Some of the things we have heard from Francois Hollande

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today will have been said with one eye on what is going to be happening

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next year and the threat that he faces politically from Marine Le Pen

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and the National Front. Yes, indeed, and this time, unlike the other two

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the events, the Bataclan killings and the Charlie Hebdo killing, this

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time there was no national political unity. From early on this morning, a

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spokesman for the right started attacking the president. Saying,

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basing the attacks on the report released last week saying there were

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intelligence failures. What they have failed to see is that the

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intelligence failures resulted in a great part on the rear noticed that

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a reorganisation of the intelligence services under Nicolas Sarkozy. You

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feel that there is a political damage and this time, the

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President's reaction is mixed, and the leaders of the right have been

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very critical of Francois Hollande. The fate previous mayor of Nice,

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Nice, Christian Estrosi, who said that the president was refundable.

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Even though the profile of the attacker makes him someone who could

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not be suspected. It is someone who used to drink... I am afraid I have

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to interrupt you, I am very sorry, but we're out of time and we hope to

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to you some more. -- talk to you some more.

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