French Embassy to pay tribute to Nice victims

In an open letter published on the Nice Matin newspaper's website, regional council President Christian Estrosi - a member of France's opposition Republicans - described the country's current leadership as "incapable".

With many still searching for news of their loved ones after the attack, a Facebook site called "SOS Nice" attracted posts Friday from people hoping to be reunited with missing relatives.

Tunisian-born Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, drove a heavy truck through a crowd of people marking Bastille Day in the resort city.

At least 10 children were among the dead and 50 more were wounded, some of them critically, a hospital official said.

Al-Bayan warned that Western countries "will not be spared from the blows of the mujahideen" no matter how much they increase their security measures.

"Horrors like the Nice terror attack are a reminder to enjoy family, friends and life", Jack says.

Thursday night's attack in the Riviera city of Nice plunged France into new grief and fear just eight months after gunmen killed 130 people in Paris.

Sebastien, a neighbor who spoke on condition that his full name was not used, said Bouhlel did not seem overtly religious, often dressed in shorts and sometimes wore work boots.

Meanwhile, French police arrested three people in the city early on Saturday in connection with the attack, police sources said.

France is heading into elections next year, and the deeply unpopular French President Francois Hollande is facing multiple challengers from within his Socialist Party, from the right-wing Republicans, as well as the far-right National Front.

"Although yesterday's attack has not been claimed, this sort of thing fits in perfectly with calls for murder from such terrorist organizations", Molins said. "Yes, it is a terrorist act, and we shall see what the links there are with terrorist organisations".

The arrests concerned the attacker's "close entourage", the sources said, and were made in two different areas of Nice.

France began a period of national mourning for the 84 people killed when a Tunisian man rammed a truck into a crowd, as investigators tried to establish Saturday, July 16, if he was motivated by radical Islam. Some eyewitness reports have indicated the driver shot at police, possibly through the window of the vehicle, but Eleanor reports it's also possible that the only shots fired came from police. The assault on revellers rocked a nation still dealing with the aftermath of two attacks in Paris past year that killed 147 people and were claimed by the Islamic State extremist group.

Related News: