Nice church attack: the trauma in a city again hit by terrorism

By Sana Sbouai

 

The terrorist knife attack last Thursday against a church in the Riviera city of Nice, when a 21-year-old Tunisian murdered two women and the basilica’s warden, has deeply shocked the local population. For many, the traumatic events brought back the horror of one of France’s worst terrorist attacks, on July 14th 2016, when a truck was driven into Bastille Day crowds on the city’s seafront boulevard, the Promenade des Anglais, killing 86 people. Sana Sbouai reports from Nice where locals tell her of their mixed feelings of anger, fear and despondency.

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Tired by illness, Jacques Dalmasso had come to the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption basilica in the centre of the Riviera city of Nice to join a gathering on Friday organised in homage to the three victims who died in the knife attack there by a Tunisian Islamist extremist the previous day.