Man responsible for France attack was 'petty criminal' with a fake gun

French president Francois Hollande said he cannot deny that this latest attack in Nice is an act of terror.

The government has confirmed that the 31-year-old man responsible was known to police as a petty criminal.

He drove a truck, loaded with explosives, into a throng of people watching a fireworks display on the promenade at 10:30 pm to celebrate Bastille Day. Eighty-four people were killed.

The man of Franco Tunisian descent and a father of three who lived in Nice, was shot dead by police.

Stephen Grootes talks to Channel France 24 correspondent Sanam Shantayie about the man who was not on the intelligence services radar.

The driver went through the crowd of families and children and even accelerated and zig zagged in an attempt to hit even more people.

Sanam Shantayie, Channel France 24 correspondent

Thousands of people started running down the road away from the promenade.

Sanam Shantayie, Channel France 24 correspondent

Shantayie says police found weapons and grenades in the bullet riddled truck, but it appears the weapon, a pistol, found on the driver, was fake.

Following the November attacks in Paris, the government has reacted swiftly.

A State of Emergency was put in place following the November Paris attacks, and that has now been extended by an additional three months.

Sanam Shantayie, Channel France 24 correspondent

Ryan Cummings, Director at Signal Risk, told Stephen Grootes that there are long and short term strategies needed for dealing with these terrorist attacks.

In the long term, one needs to question whether western policies are not leading to a proliferation of terrorism, Cummings said.

A lot of actions by western governments could possibly be fueling radicalisation and all forms of terrorist activity by these groups.

Ryan Cummings, Director at Signal Risk

In the short term, these attacks are difficult to prevent, he says.

Terrorism is evolving in many countries, while strategies are possibly not evolving as quickly.

Ryan Cummings, Director at Signal Risk

Listen to the full conversation below:

Read More
Chris Froome close to grabbing the fourth Tour de France title

Chris Froome close to grabbing the fourth Tour de France title

EWN sports reporter Jean Smythe is with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka and gives an update on all things Tour de France.

Death of Linkin Park's Chester Bennington shines spotlight on depression

Death of Linkin Park's Chester Bennington shines spotlight on depression

Cassey Chambers, Operations Director, Sadag says anyone can suffer from depression.

M&G makes link between Bathabile Dlamini and her newest appoinment, Pearl Bhengu

M&G makes link between Bathabile Dlamini and her newest appoinment, Pearl Bhengu

M&G reporter Sihle Manda speaks to Mandy Wiener about the company that ties them together.

Guptas deny Bell Pottinger links in exclusive BBC interview

Guptas deny Bell Pottinger links in exclusive BBC interview

The family spoke via their spokesperson, Gary Naidoo who claims the Gupta's were not involved in pushing the 'WMC' narrative.

Moerane Commission key witnesses under threat

Moerane Commission key witnesses under threat

The Moerane Commission of Inquiry is expected to conclude its investigation into the underlying cause of KZN political killingss.

MiWay email hoax: "It was absolutely amazing just how much traction this got"

MiWay email hoax: "It was absolutely amazing just how much traction this got"

Emma Sadleir says the company can sue for defamation "which is loss of reputation".

Popular articles
Disgruntled client behind hoax email - MiWay CEO

Disgruntled client behind hoax email - MiWay CEO

MiWay CEO Rene Otto has described a bogus email, in which black clients are referred to as 'baboons', as "fake news on steroids".

#BlackTwitter roasts Tbo Touch for his homeless man comments

#BlackTwitter roasts Tbo Touch for his homeless man comments

Media personality Tbo Touch trended on social media after tweeting about a homeless man.

Would you pay R1m for a parking bay in the Cape?

Would you pay R1m for a parking bay in the Cape?

Property strategist at FNB, John Loos speaks about the San Michelle rooftop car parking bay that went on sale for R990,000.

Post Office's Mark Barnes disappointed at Magwaza's departure from Sassa

Post Office's Mark Barnes disappointed at Magwaza's departure from Sassa

Barnes says Magwaza had sent him a letter expressing the agency's intentions to appoint the Post Office to pay social grants.

W Cape hard-hitting video will make you think twice before driving and texting

W Cape hard-hitting video will make you think twice before driving and texting

The Province's #ItCanWait Campaign uses CCTV footage of people walking and texting with disastrous consequences to make its point.

Glacier reveals bodies of Swiss couple missing for 75 years

Glacier reveals bodies of Swiss couple missing for 75 years

Adam Gilchrist has more on this tragedy that left 7 children orphaned.