84 people dead as truck crashes into crowds at Bastille Day celebrations in Nice

Francesca Washtell
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The incident took place during Bastille Day celebrations (Source: Getty)

French authorities have confirmed that at least 84 people are dead after a lorry was driven into a crowd in the French city of Nice in a suspected terrorist attack during Bastille Day celebrations last night.

At least 100 were injured, with another 18 in a critical condition, after the incident on the Promenade des Anglais following a fireworks display.

French news agency AFP reported police had found identity papers belonging to a 31-year-old French-Tunisian man in the truck, alongside a gun.

Sky News said witnesses saw the driver emerge from the vehicle, shooting. He was later shot dead by police.

French President Francois Hollande extended France's state of emergency by a further three months. In a statement last night, he said the attack was "of undeniable terrorist nature".

In a tweet he added: "France is bereaved, afflicted, but she is strong and will always be stronger than the fanatics who want to strike her today".

British journalists in Nice described a "significant police and military presence" in the area and "lots of sirens and people running".

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