Fireworks burst around the Eiffel Tower as part of Bastille Day celebrations on July 14, 2016 in Paris, France. Bastille Day commemorates the storming by Parisians of the Bastille fortress and prison on July 14, 1789 in Paris.
Amid celebrations, a horrific incident has been reported from Nice in France, where a truck loaded with explosives romped Bastille Day crowd killing nearly 80 people.
This is the second major attack in France after Islamic State had attacked site near a football stadium in November last year.
Moments before a truck romped hundreds of people during Bastille Day fireworks celebration, a heavy firework covered Eiffle tower in Paris.
US President Barack Obama condemned “what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack”, although no group had claimed responsibility for the incident.
The attack was of an “undeniable terrorist nature,” a sombre Hollande said in a televised national address, confirming that “several children” were among the dead as families came together to celebrate France’s national day.
The incident comes after a day of revelry as France celebrated its national day, Bastille Day, which began with military pomp and ceremony as its armed forces, tanks and fighter jets swooped down the Champs-Elysees avenue.
The holiday typically ends with spectacular fireworks over the Eiffel Tower in Paris, as well as cities around the country. However celebrations were quickly overshadowed.
First Published: Friday, Jul 15, 2016 08:44 AM