France to Observe 3 Days of National Mourning Following Attack in Nice

By Jesse Sokolow on 15 July 2016
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Château Versailles

Château Versailles is one attraction likely to be closed during the period of mourning.

Following an attack in Nice, France Thursday night, where at least 84 people were killed and 50 were “between life and death” after a truck plowed into a large crowd watching fireworks in celebration of Bastille Day, the country’s prime minister. Manuel Valls said Friday that France would observe three days of national mourning starting Saturday. Many museums and offices will probably be closed during the period.

“France, once again, has been hit in its soul, on the 14th of July, our national day. They wanted to attack the unity of the French nation,” Mr. Valls said to reporters outside the Élysée Palace. “We will not give in.”

The state of emergency that was due to be lifted later this month will remain in effect for another three months, the French government said.

The department of Alpes-Maritimes, where Nice is located, will remain on high alert and flags on government buildings throughout the country will fly at half-staff.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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