France in Shock After Truck Attack in Nice
A driver killed more than 80 people and injured others when he crashed a large truck into a crowd in Nice, France Thursday night.
People had gathered in Nice for a celebration of Bastille Day. Nice is the fifth-largest city in France. It is a port city about 30 kilometers from the Italian border. About 350,000 people live there.
The driver was shot and killed. Police identified him as a 31-year-old French-Tunisian who lived in Nice. Police said he was known as a violent person and longtime criminal. But security forces did not suspect him of having links to terrorist groups.
The driver entered a street that was closed to traffic at the time. He crashed through a barrier, then drove through the crowd for up to two kilometers, speeding up and targeting people as they tried to flee.
French President Francois Hollande spoke to the nation early Friday. He said "nothing will make us give way in the fight against terrorism." He talked about the terrorist attacks in Paris last November. He said all of France is being threatened by the Islamic State terrorist group.
Hollande extended the country's state of emergency -- which was to end later this month -- for three months. He has also ordered 10,000 members of the military to help security forces throughout the country. And he said France will increase its roles in Syria and Iraq.
This is the third large attack in France since last year. An attack in Paris in November killed at least 130 people and a series of attacks in January 2015 that began with an assault on the offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo killed 17 people.
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1.crash into 闯入；撞击
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2.fight against 对抗
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3.known as 以...著称
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1.An attack in Paris in November killed at least 130 people and a series of attacks in January 2015 that began with an assault on the offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo killed 17 people.
a series of 一系列的
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2.The driver entered a street that was closed to traffic at the time.
closed to 挨近；靠近
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为庆祝法国国庆日，大批民众聚集在尼斯 。尼斯是法国第五大城市 。这座港口城市距意大利边境约30公里 。该市人口约35万 。
目前，卡车司机已被击毙 。经警方确认，司机是居住在尼斯的31岁的突尼斯裔法国人 。警方指出，他有暴力犯罪前科和长期罪犯记录，但是安全部门从未将他与恐怖组织联系起来 。
当时，这名司机驶入交通已经封闭的街道 。他冲撞障碍物后驾车冲向人群，加快速度朝着四处逃散的人群行驶了约两公里 。
周五凌晨，法国总统奥朗德发表了全国讲话 。他说，“任何事情都不会使我们在与恐怖主义抗争的决心面前退缩 。”他谈到了去年11月巴黎发生的恐怖袭击 。他说，整个法国正面临着“伊斯兰国”恐怖组织的威胁 。
奥朗德将原本在月底结束的全国紧急状态延长了三个月 。他还下令让10000名士兵协助全国各地的安防部队 。他还表示，同时我们将继续加强在叙利亚和伊拉克的反恐行动 。
这是自去年以来法国遭受的第三次重大袭击 。去年11月，巴黎发生的恐袭时间造成至少130人遇难，2015年1月，《查理周刊》办事处遭遇的一场袭击夺走17条人命 。