Macron says France is 'under attack' after deadly stabbing in Nice

French President Emmanuel Macron visits the scene of the knife attack in Nice on October 29, 2020
French President Emmanuel Macron visits the scene of the knife attack in Nice on October 29, 2020 © Eric Gaillard, AFP

A man wielding a knife on Thursday killed three people in an attack at the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice in southern France. The suspect, a Tunisian national, has been arrested in the attack which President Emmanuel Macron has described as an Islamist terrorist attack. Follow events as they unfolded in our liveblog.

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  • At around 9am on Thursday, a man wielding a knife killed three people and injured several others at a church in central Nice. Two of the victims were killed inside the church and a third victim died while seeking help in a nearby bar.
  • The assailant was shot by police and taken to hospital.
  • France’s chief anti-terrorism prosecutor said the attacker was a Tunisian national, born in 1999, who carried an Italian Red Cross document.
  • President Emmanuel Macron visited the scene of the attack, which he described as an act of "Islamist terrorism".
  • The deadly stabbing comes two weeks after teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded by an Islamist attacker in a Paris suburb.
  • Macron said security would be stepped up at schools and places of worship across the country.

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