(20 Dec 2016) Residents of Nice on Tuesday expressed their shock at the news of a deadly truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, five months after a similar attack in their city.
A truck rammed into a busy market in the German capital on Monday night killing 12 people and injuring 50 others.
For many Nice residents the memories of the Bastille Day attack of 14 July, when a truck drove through celebrating crowds on the city’s seaside promenade, are still painful and the parallels with the Berlin attack are too much to bear.
“We need lots of time before we can go through all this”, said one local.
Security was tight at a Christmas market on one of Nice’s central squares, with visitors having to go through rigorous checks before entering.
France remains under a state of emergency in the wake a series of extremist attacks and army patrols have become common across the country.
“We force ourselves to go out, like today, to show that we are not afraid,” said Pierre Tedeschi while attending the Christmas festivities on Massena square.
For others it’s simply a matter of paying their respects to the victims.
“We had to come and pay homage to those people, especially after what happened yesterday,” said a visiting couple from nearby Cannes.
You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/036ece1d32a892e68a160fbc0082f6cd
Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork