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Vigil to be held in Wales to remember Nice attack victims

A vigil will be held this evening at the Senedd to pay tribute to victims of the Bastille Day lorry attack in Nice.

At least 84 people have been killed - several of them children - after a lorry ploughed into crowds.

Flags at the National Assembly for Wales have been lowered to half mast . Credit: ITV News

Flags at the National Assembly for Wales have been lowered to half mast following the Bastille Day lorry attack in Nice.

The vigil will take place at the steps of the Senedd from 5pm.

It is being organised by the French Consular Association in Wales.

First Minister Carwyn Jones tweeted saying, "Truly shocked at the appalling events in Nice. My thoughts are with all the victims and their families involved in this horrific attack."

Nice attack: Welsh sports stars pays tribute to victims

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Nice attack: Tour de France goes ahead amid tight security

Tour de France leader Chris Froome. Credit: Reuters

The Tour de France's 13th stage went ahead under tightened security on Friday following the deadly attack in Nice which has left at least 84 dead.

Riders observed a minute's silence in tribute to the scores of victims of the Bastille Day attack, which President François Hollande called a terrorist act.

The stage began at 08.05 BST, later than scheduled, after race organisers held a crisis meeting with the prefect of the Ardeche department and the gendarmerie - France's military force tasked with police duties.

Race Director Christian Prudhomme said: "We want this day to be a day of dignity as a tribute to the victims. We asked ourselves [whether the stage should be cancelled] but we think, after agreeing with authorities, that the race must continue."

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France 'must learn to live with terrorism'

France must "learn to live with terrorism", the country's prime minister has said, as he announced three days of national mourning beginning on Saturday

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls addresses the nation. Credit: Reuters

“Terrorism is a threat that is weighing heavily on France,” Manuel Valls said.

"We’re faced with a war that terrorism has brought against us. The goal of the terrorists is to make us scared. We won’t give in to the terrorist threat, we must stand together, united. France has been once again struck in our flesh.

"Times have changed and we should learn to live with terrorism. We have to show solidarity and collective calm. France has been hit in its soul on the 14 July, our national day.

“They wanted to attack the unity of the French nation. The only dignified response is that France will remain loyal to the spirit of the 14 July and its values.”

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Europol: Nice attack is a reminder of terrorist threat

Europol's director Rob Wainwright. Credit: Reuters

The deadly Bastille Day lorry attack in Nice is a reminder of the "active terrorist threat" facing Europe, Europol's director has said.

Rob Wainwright added: "Europol stands in full solidarity with the citizens of France, as it does with all victims of terrorism, and has made available to the French authorities the full operational capabilities of the European Counter Terrorism Centre."

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Facebook activates safety check feature after Nice attack

The Facebook Safety Check tool Credit: Facebook

Facebook has activated its safety check feature to enable people in Nice to identify themselves or others as being unharmed after Thursday's Bastille Day terror attack.

Safety Check automatically sends users in an affected area a note asking if they are safe.

When a user clicks on "yes, let my friends know," the tool then notifies their Facebook friends.

In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson said: "We hope the people in the area find the tool a helpful way to let their friends and family know they are OK."

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People 'ran into sea to escape' Bastille Day terror attack

Bullet holes are seen on the lorry that was driven into crowds at the Bastille Day celebration Credit: Reuters

As a lorry ploughed into crowds of people celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, some people fled into the sea to escape the terror attack, a politician for the region has said.

At least 84 people were killed in the attack - several of them children - and some 18 people remain critically injured in hospital.

Eric Ciotti also told Europe 1 radio that someone had "jumped on to the truck to try to stop it".

"It's at that moment that the police were able to neutralise this terrorist. I won't forget the look of this policewoman who intercepted the killer," he added.

Welsh politicians pay respects to Nice attack victims

Welsh politicians are offering their condolences to those involved in the Nice attacks in which 84 people were killed after a lorry ploughed into crowds celebrating Bastille Day.

First Minister Carwyn Jones tweeted saying, "Truly shocked at the appalling events in Nice. My thoughts are with all the victims and their families involved in this horrific attack."

Leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew RT Davies tweeted, "Once again, we stand shoulder to shoulder with people in France after yet another appalling act of terror."

Elsewhere, Pontypridd MP Owen Smith has cancelled the launch of his Labour leadership campaign which was due to take place in his constituency later today.

Owen Smith cancels Labour leadership campaign launch following events in Nice

Pontypridd MP Owen Smith has cancelled the launch of his Labour leadership campaign following events in Nice.

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The former shadow work and pension secretary was due to set out his vision for the future direction of the party at an event in his constituency later today.

Tributes to fallen Welsh soldiers at Mametz Wood

Wales' first Minister has paid tribute to fallen Welsh soldiers at a remembrance service in France.

Four thousand Welsh soldiers died or were injured at the Battle of Mametz Wood during the First World War.

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Carwyn Jones said: "Today we honour them for their bravery and their courage".

Representatives from Wales' political parties also laid wreaths at the foot of the Mametz Wood memorial.

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