French President Hollande Denounces Third ‘terrorist’ Act in 18 Months

French President Francois Hollande holds a press conference as part of the NATO Summit 2014 at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, Britain, 05 September 2014. World leaders from about 60 countries are coming together for a two-day NATO summit taking place from 04-05 September. EPA/YOAN VALAT / POOL AFP ONLY




 French President Francois Hollande holds a press conference as part of the NATO Summit 2014 at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, Britain, 05 September 2014. World leaders from about 60 countries are coming together for a two-day NATO summit taking place from 04-05 September.  EPA/YOAN VALAT / POOL AFP ONLY

French President Francois Hollande holds a press conference as part of the NATO Summit 2014 at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, Britain, 05 September 2014. World leaders from about 60 countries are coming together for a two-day NATO summit taking place from 04-05 September. EPA/YOAN VALAT / POOL AFP ONLY

French President Francois Hollande said Friday that an attack which saw a truck plough into a crowd in Nice, killing 80 people, was clearly a “terrorist” act.

There was a sense of deja vu in France as the visibly moved president took to the airwaves to address a nation once again in mourning.

If confirmed as an act of terror, the incident will be the third major attack on French soil in 18 months — with several smaller-scale jihadist killings also having taken place.

While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack in the resort city, Hollande vowed to strengthen his country’s role in the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

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