NICE, FRANCE – A moment of silence was held in Nice, France this morning to honour the dozens of victims in last week’s truck rampage.
Global National reporter Mike Armstrong spoke to Winnipeg’s Morning News from the promenade where the attack happened.
“There were thousands and thousands of people gathered for this minute of silence. But up and down, there were people still gathered around different little memorials” Armstrong explains. “It was just incredible to see. One of the most touching things, all down the promenade there were white flowers laid. For two kilometres, little white flowers.”
Meantime, we’re learning more about the man behind the wheel of the truck.
Mohamed Bouhlel’s uncle tells the Associated Press his nephew was recently indoctrinated by ISIS. French officials have not yet confirmed any ties to a terrorist group.
Armstrong talked to residents in the seaside city, and they aren’t impressed with how their government has responded to recent terror attacks.
“The French term is deja vu, right. They’ve seen this before. They’re getting used to it and there is frustration. There’s a poll out this morning that says 33 per cent of French citizens support or have confidence in the government’s efforts to fight terrorism. That’s 15 per cent lower than it was after the November attacks in Paris.”
29 of the 59 people still in the hospital remain in intensive care.