‘Grief has no nationality’: Russians pay tribute to Nice attack victims (PHOTOS)
“France, my heart will always be with you”, “Grief has no nationality” – Moscow residents have come to the French embassy to lay candles and flowers and pay tribute to the victims of the Nice terror attack.
“My morning started near the French embassy. Grief has no nationality… At least 18 people are now between life and death. God helps them [victims],” wrote one user on Instagram, while another added: “France, my heart is today with you.”
“No blood again”, “Pray for Nice”, “Stay strong” were other comments.
Photos showing an area literally covered with flowers and candles in front of the French Embassy have filled social media.
At least 84 people were killed when a truck ran into a crowd during celebrations in Nice, in what has been called in the city’s worst terror attack in history. Weapons and grenades were found in the vehicle following the rampage.
There were many Russian tourists in Nice on Bastille Day. Among the victims was a student from Moscow. The girl reportedly died on the spot after being hit by the truck.
Alina Shabanova, who happened to be in Nice, told RT she was at a restaurant on the Promenade des Anglais with her husband when the attack occurred.
“I heard shouts. I saw people running in all directions. Then I understood that something had happened,” she told RT, adding that her husband saw the truck plow into the crowd.
Shabanova and others at the restaurant hid in a storeroom.
“In several minutes I saw a young Frenchman whose hands were covered in blood. He was shouting that something had happened on the promenade, and that his wife was there,” she said.
The attacker, identified by French media as 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a French national of Tunisian origin, was killed by police.