At least 80 people feared dead in Nice Bastille Day attack

French officials say at least 80 people  died after a heavy truck drove into crowds attending a traditional Bastille Day fireworks celebration in the Riviera city of Nice at around 10.30 p.m. local time. The driver of the truck, who was reportedly later shot dead by police, then began firing shots into the crowd according to several media reports. Local media said the driver was a 31-year-old Nice resident of joint French-Tunisian nationality. French President François Hollande announced in the early hours of Friday that the state of emergency powers introduced after the November 13th terrorist attacks in Paris last year, and due to end later this month, will be extended for a further three months. Graham Tearse reports.

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A white refrigerated truck drove into a crowd of several thousand people attending a festive Bastille Day fireworks celebration on the Promenade des Anglais avenue that lines the beach of the French Riviera capital Nice, during which at least 80 people died, French officials said early Friday. At least 100 others were reported to have been injured, about 20 seriously.