When Was The Last Time Nice, France Had An Attack?

By Kaitlin Reilly

Update: According to the latest reports, at least 84 people were killed in the attack in Nice, France, and over 180 are injured. Of the wounded, François Hollande, the president of France, said on Friday there are 50 victims “in between life and death." After an emergency meeting of French security and defense officials, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said: "Terrorism is a threat that weighs heavily upon France and will continue to weigh for a long time. We are facing a war that terrorism has brought to us." Among the victims, who were celebrating the French holiday of Bastille Day, were a number of tourists, including two Americans, Sean Copelend and his 11-year-old son, Brodie. To help victims of the Bastille Day attack, you can contribute to verified fundraisers or donate blood.

Update 2: Early Saturday morning, ISIS released a statement announcing that one of their "soldiers" had carried out the attack. CNN reports that the statement read, in part: "The person who carried out the run over in Nice, France, is one of the Islamic State soldiers and carried out the operation in response to calls to target nationals of the coalition which is fighting the Islamic State."

Earlier: Very sad and scary news coming out of France. Thursday night, a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France was disrupted by an alleged terrorist attack. According to NBC News, a truck plowed into pedestrians during a celebration on Promenade des Anglais — and according to a tweet from Fox News, 73 people are reported dead, and at least 100 have been injured during the event. Reports also state that the driver of the truck was reportedly killed in a gunfight with the police while a second gunman escaped, and there may have been gunfire at a Nice hotel and restaurant as well. After the terrorist attacks in Paris, France, in November 2015, the country has been in a state of mourning and high alert — and the events in Nice are a devastating turn of events. In light of Thursday's tragic events, many may now be wondering when the last time Nice, France suffered an attack. Making this even more devastating though is that, for Nice, this is a rare event.

Fortunately, Nice has not been targeted for terrorism prior to these events in the same way that Paris has in recent years. On Jan. 7, 2015, a massacre was committed at the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo — and tragically, 12 people were killed in the attack. Two days later, a man connected to the Charlie Hebdo attackers killed four Jewish hostages at a kosher grocery store and shot down a police officer. On Nov. 13, 2015, there was another terrorist attack on Paris, this time with attackers killing at least 130 people across six locations in the city using assault rifles and explosives.


Nice, a less populated, quieter seaside city, has not been the target for a large-scale terrorist attack in recent years, though one attack on residents of Nice did occur in February 2015, shortly after the Charlie Hebdo attack. According to The Telegraph, a man wielding a large knife attacked three French soldiers outside of a Jewish community center in Nice. The soldiers’ injuries were described as not serious and the man was arrested. No connection was found between him and the Paris gunmen.

Though Nice has not had the same recent history of violence as Paris, with or without this history, these attacks are still devastating.