France pays homage to victims of deadly Nice attack

Gwen Vasquez
July 14, 2017

Today marks one year since the Nice terror attack.

"It's a very good decision", said the lawyer, Eric Morain, despite the court decision not to order the withdrawal of the Paris Match issue that went on sale Thursday from newsstands - a move that would have been extremely rare.

The ruling, made late on Thursday, came after the Paris prosecutor called for the magazine to be removed from sale.

Eighty-six people were killed, including 10 children, and more than 450 injured after a terrorist drove a truck into French crowds celebrating Bastille Day and watching a fireworks display from the Promenade des Anglais last July 14 in the southern city of Nice.

Victims associations have also denounced the publication they say is based exclusively on a desire to be "sensational" and to create "a morbid and voyeuristic atmosphere" on the anniversary of the attack.

Instead, it banned "any new publication", including online, of two images which the tribunal found were an attack "on human dignity".

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Victims' organizations had denounced the photos depicting scenes - camera grabs from video surveillance film - of the carnage on a main beachside walkway on July 14, 2016, when a 19-ton truck barreled into celebrating crowds.

In an editorial published on the Paris Match website shortly before midnight on Wednesday, managing editor Olivier Royant said the magazine "aims to fight tooth and nail for the right of citizens, and first and foremost of victims, to know exactly what happened during the attack".

The magazine has faced legal action and censure several times before over the publication of private and sensitive images and interviews, including what it claimed was the last interview with Princess Diana before she was killed in a 1997 vehicle crash in the French capital.

Images and footage of the attack and its aftermath were a controversial subject immediately after the murders.

The Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi described the images as "unbearable and abject".

The self-proclaimed "Islamic State" group claimed responsibility for the atrocity.

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