The tragic and far reaching repercussions of Thursday’s terror attack are slowly emerging, as more stories of personal loss become known.
A man named Christophe Lyon has reportedly lost his wife, her 28-year-old son, his parents and his parents-in-law in the attack.
Local media reports that Mr. Lyon’s family members, Francois Locatelli, 82, and Christiane Locatelli, 78, their daughter, Veronique Lyon, 55, and Michael Pellegrini, 28 -their grandson- had gone for a short holiday along the French Riviera. There, they linked up with Veronique’s in-laws – Gisele Lyon, 63, and Germain Lyon, 68. Mr. and Ms. Lyon’s son, Christophe, is the sole survivor.
84 people have so far been confirmed dead, 10 children among these, with dozens more critically injured.
31-year-old Tunisia-born Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a truck along Promenade des Anglais in Nice on Thursday evening, killing and maiming crowds of people who had gathered to celebrate Bastille Day.
It is understood that ISIL has now claimed responsibility for the attack.
In response to the event, French President Francois Hollande has declared three days of national mourning, and also extended France’s state of emergency by three months.