French Caribbean Island Of Saint-Martin Mourns Victims Of Nice

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People gathered in France on July 18, 2016 as well to observe a minute's silence in tribute to the victims of the deadly Nice attack at La Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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People gathered in France on July 18, 2016 as well to observe a minute’s silence in tribute to the victims of the deadly Nice attack at La Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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News Americas, MARIGOT, St. Martin, Tues. July 19, 2016: The French Caribbean island of St. Martin on Monday joined France to mourn the 84 victims of the Nice terrorist attack.

Officials on St. Martin joined in a moment of silence for the victims of the July 14th Bastille Day attack at the War Memorial Monument. Among those leading the tribute were President of the Collectivité de Saint-Martin, Aline Hanson; Préfète Anne Laubies and the Commandant of Police aux Frontieres, Jean-Luc Deras. The officials lit three white candles that were placed in a heart shaped wreath.

Officials in France also paused for a moment of silence Monday to mourn the victims of the third major terrorist attack on the country in months. The tribute turned into a criticism of French PM Manuel Valls who was booed by protestors.

Hecklers shouted out “murderer” and “resign” at him before the minute’s silence, held across the nation.

Earlier, centre-right opposition leader Nicolas Sarkozy accused the government of failing to provide security.

Authorities say Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a Tunisian living in Nice, rented a 19-tonne truck and drove to the Promenade des Anglais to commit the attack. Many of the dead and injured were children watching a Bastille Day fireworks display with their families.

There are still 74 people in hospital, 28 of whom are in intensive care.

 

 

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