France Remembers the Nice Attack: ‘We Will Never Find the Words’ – New York Times


A man in Nice, France, observed the anniversary of the 2016 attack, praying on Friday in front of flowers and candles placed in tribute to the victims.

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NICE, France — The victims were striking in their diversity: young and old; men, women, and children.

There were 37 foreigners from 19 countries; about a third of those killed were Muslim.

On Friday, thousands gathered in the Mediterranean city of Nice, France, to commemorate the 86 victims killed one year ago when a terrorist drove through Bastille Day crowds on the city’s famous seaside promenade.

Around 10:30 on the evening of July 14, 2016, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, intentionally swerved a 19-ton rental truck onto the sidewalk of the Promenade des Anglais and careened into crowds as they were leaving the annual fireworks.

During a three-hour ceremony on Friday evening, President Emmanuel Macron of France spoke, as did the city’s mayor, Christian Estrosi. The names of those who died during the rampage were read out loud and posted on a board to form a heart.

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