France To Fall Silent For Nice Victims

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Paris: France was set to hold a minute’s silence on Monday to honour the 84 victims of the Nice truck attack, but a period of national mourning was overshadowed by bickering politicians.

Church bells will toll across the country, and the country will fall silent at midday, a now grimly familiar ritual after the third major terror attack in 18 months on French soil.

French investigators have yet to find links between attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian, and the Islamic State group which claimed responsibility for the carnage, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told France’s RTL radio.

France was set to hold a minute’s silence on Monday to honour the 84 victims of the Nice truck attack, but a period of national mourning was overshadowed by bickering politicians.

Church bells will toll across the country, and the country will fall silent at midday, a now grimly familiar ritual after the third major terror attack in 18 months on French soil

French investigators have yet to find links between attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian, and the Islamic State group which claimed responsibility for the carnage, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told France’s RTL radio.

“We cannot exclude that an unbalanced and very violent individual” has been “through a rapid radicalisation, committed to this absolutely despicable crime,” he said.

Six people were in custody on Monday including a 38-year-old Albanian suspected of providing Lahouaiej-Bouhlel with a pistol he used to fire at police during the attack.

 

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