Bastille Day, the national holiday in France celebrating the storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, is one of the most important events of the French Revolution.
This year, however, July 14 will be remembered for the truck bombing that killed at least 84 people in Nice, located in the south of France.
It is the third major terrorist attack in France in the past 19 months. First was the attack on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in January 2015. Next was the attack at a music venue during a concert in Paris that killed 89 in November 2015.
The latest attack happened on July 14, when a large truck plowed into a crowd of spectators over a one-mile stretch before the driver was shot and killed by police. There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack, The New York Times reports.
According to officials, two Americans are among the dead. They have been identified as Sean Copeland and his son, Brodie, from Lakeway, Texas, which is an Austin suburb.
A comment was posted on Facebook by the youth baseball league in which Brodie played, according to the New York Post. “Nobody deserves this type of fate, especially not such a wonderful family," it reads. "You are in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. Rest in peace, Brodie and Sean, you will be remembered by many.”
French President Francois Hollande announced that the state of emergency enacted after the November 13 attacks would be extended for three more months.
“The times have changed, and France is going to have to live with terrorism,” added Prime Ministster Manueal Valls, as quoted by The New York Times
Police have identified a 31-year-old man -- who was born in Tunisia and lived in the Nice area -- as the attacker, reports Nice-Matin, the city’s main newspaper.
Tunisia was invaded and conquered by France in 1881, and remained under French control until gaining independence in 1956, according to the CIA.
The 2011 overthrow of the Western-backed dictator of Tunisia, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, was the event that sparked the Arab Spring.