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Fears after Nice massacre of more loner attacks

After IS claim role in Nice truck attack, the BBC's Paris correspondent points to new danger of 'neighbourhood' loners who fall prey to jihadist propaganda. 

Islamic State claims Bastille Day attack, five arrests made

The jihadist group claimed Tunisian who drove truck into crowd in Nice had followed its calls for such attacks; five people now in custody over the massacre.

Nice toll rises to 84 dead, 202 injured, as France declares three days of mourning

French public prosecutor François Molins confirmed late Friday that 84 people, including ten children and teenagers, were killed when a man drove a 19-tonne truck into seafront crowds attending a firework display during Bastille Day celebrations in the Riviera city of Nice on Thursday evening. The truck attack was carried out by a lone perpetrator, 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a Tunisian national who had been living in Nice for several years. Molins said a total of 202 people were injured in the attack, and 52 of them were on Friday in a critical condition. The attack is the subject of an investigation into three counts of terrorist acts, while doubts emerged late Friday over the true motive for the attack. Graham Tearse reports.

At least 80 people feared dead in Nice Bastille Day attack

Bodies of victims on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. © Reuters Bodies of victims on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. © Reuters

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.

Mafiosi dubbed 'Little Spider' arrested on French Riviera

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Photo from Giovanni Tagliamento's now-closed Facebook account. © DR Photo from Giovanni Tagliamento's now-closed Facebook account. © DR

Giovanni Tagliamento has lived for the past eleven years on the French Riviera, where he is considered by the Italian justice authorities to represent the Neapolitan Mafia the Camorra in their French operations. Last month he was arrested by French police on suspicion of the illegal trafficking of spirits, and placed in preventive custody. Hélène Constanty reports on a man nicknamed the 'Little Spider’.

Muslim footballers on French Riviera 'banned' from praying on pitch

Football authorities on the Riviera have introduced a 'secularism charter' that bans clubs on Côte d'Azur from bringing religion into the game.

Socialists fear options after regional rout in SE France

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Election billboards in Nice. © ES Election billboards in Nice. © ES

France’s far-right Front National (FN) party is hoping to take control of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in nationwide regional elections played out today and next Sunday. The council of this south-east corner of France has been run for 17 years by the Socialist Party, which is now predicted to receive a drubbing. The main predicament facing the socialists after the first round is whether or not to withdraw their list of candidates for the benefit of the hard-right conservative candidate to defeat the FN. But, as Ellen Salvi reports from Nice, even collective political suicide may not be enough to stop the increasingly popular far-right.

Heavy flooding in French Riviera leaves more than a dozen people dead

Death toll could rise to 19 after violent storms sent water cascading through Antibes, Cannes and Nice.

Three French Riviera cities among world’s ‘least friendly’

Travel magazine survey put Marseille, Cannes and Nice in the top 30 of the world’s least tourist-friendly destinations on the planet.

France’s ‘police of police’ whip up a storm on the Riviera

By Hélène Constanty
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In 2013, the French police internal investigation agency, the IGPN, opened a branch in Nice, the capital of the French Riviera where an environment of organised crime, prostitution and drugs trafficking feeds accusations of corruption within the local police. But the actions of the IGPN branch, and notably the methods of its commander, have shaken the morale of officers and sparked an internal inquiry into what one drugs squad chief called “unspeakable and unjust procedures, bordering on harassment”. Hélène Constanty reports.

Attack on French soldiers: suspect has 'history' of anti-police violence

Man, 31, arrested by two tram workers after the attack, is described by police as an 'unbalanced individual' recently refused entry to Turkey.

French soldiers attacked outside Jewish community centre

Two soldiers were stabbed in the face, the other in the forearm as they patrolled outside centre in Nice; one man was arrested.

French police question eight-year-old over terrorism comments

Critics say quizzing of pupil who said he was 'with the terrorists'  after Charlie Hebdo murders is sign of 'collective hysteria' engulfing country.

French family of 11 believed to have left for Syria jihad

The family group, which includes a baby and other children, are believed to have left their home in Nice in late September.

Thousands turn out in Nice in homage to executed French hostage

The rally in the hometown of the hostage beheaded by Algerian Islamists, came as flags were lowered to halfmast across France in mourning.