Dozens of people are injured in the southern French city of Nice. Photograph: Twitter/@RT. Angelique Chrisafis in Paris. Thursday 14 July 2016 17.36 EDT Last modified on Thursday 14 July 2016 18.06 EDT. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter · Share via ...
Angelique Chrisafis in Paris
Thursday 14 July 2016 22.36Â BST
Last modified on Thursday 14 July 2016 23.18Â BST
A truck has crashed into a crowd gathered for Franceâ€™s Bastille Day fireworks on the seafront of the southern city of Nice, French media have reported.
The sub-prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes, SÃ©bastien Humbert, told French rolling news channel BFM TV: â€œThe death toll is extremely high.â€
He spoke of â€œmaybe 30 dead in Niceâ€ and 100 injured. He said a truck had ploughed into a crowd over a long distance on the beachfront Promenade des Anglais â€œwhich explains the extremely high tollâ€.
He added that there had been an exchange of gunfire and the truck driver had been killed. He described it as â€œa criminal eventâ€. He told residents to avoid the centre of Nice.
â€œPeople are running, itâ€™s panic,â€ a local newspaper journalist from Nice-Matin was reported saying. â€œThere is blood, no doubt injuries.â€
Security forces and ambulances raced to the scene, and authorities from the local Alpes-Maritimes prefecture urged residents to stay indoors.
A reporter for the French news agency AFP described seeing a white vehicle driving at high speed on to the Promenade des Anglais as people were leaving after the annual Bastille Day celebration display.
â€œWe saw people hit and bits of debris flying around,â€ he said, adding that the incident took place near the Hotel Negresco.
Terrified pedestrians screamed as they fled the area. â€œIt was absolute chaos,â€ he said.
A huge security cordon was established, closing off the central Place Massena by 2330 GMT, another AFP added.
President of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-CÃ´te dâ€™Azur, Christian Estrosi, tweeted that a â€œtruck-driver appeared to have killed dozens of peopleâ€. He told Nice residents: â€œStay at homeâ€.
The French environment minister SÃ©golÃ¨ne Royal tweeted her â€œdistress and saddened solidarity with the victims in Nice and all the peope of Niceâ€.
This is a breaking news story. More details to followâ€¦