Nice mayor Christian Estrosi (Les Republicains) announced to the press the arrival of the head of state.
“I thank the President of the Republic, who called me and is currently on his way to come here to Nice to support us,” Estrosi said.
The Elysée Palace later confirmed this move.
Shortly after the news of this new attack, the French president went to the crisis cell of the Ministry of Interior, to take stock of the situation together with Prime Minister Jean Castex and Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin.
French prosectors have opened a terror probe after a knife attack in Nice. One woman is reported to have been beheaded and a further two people killed. Several others have been injured. pic.twitter.com/86hFbQeCl7
— DW News (@dwnews) October 29, 2020
Prime Minister Jean Castex came to the ministry after delivering a speech presenting the plan to re-enter isolation due to the covid-19 epidemic in the National Assembly.
After a moment of silence in the Assembly and the adjournment of the sitting, representatives of the parliamentary groups spoke about the Government’s plan to re-enter isolation, without a prime minister. They are to approve the plan by a non-binding legal vote.
This new attack is reminiscent of the Nice bombing of July 14, 2016, when a truck entered the crowd gathered on the Promenade des Anglais, on National Day fireworks, killing 86 people and injuring 458 others.