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
Cycling to work may make you live longer - study

Cycling to work may make you live longer - study

A five-year study conducted in the UK shows cycling can reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.

Paris attack triggers heightened security 48 hours before French elections

Paris attack triggers heightened security 48 hours before French elections

Just two days before the presidential elections raise concerns that these attacks could happen again.

Law allowing government to spy on citizens being challenged

Law allowing government to spy on citizens being challenged

The amaBhungane investigative journalism unit has launched a constitutional challenge to the Act on intercepting communication.

New evidence comes to light in Ipid's probe against top cop

New evidence comes to light in Ipid's probe against top cop

Ipid has revealed that evidence against Khomotso Phahlane shows a dubious pattern in car purchases.

SACP says it doesn't want SA turned into a playground by Gupta dynasty

SACP says it doesn't want SA turned into a playground by Gupta dynasty

The South African Communist Party is picketing outside Treasury in Tshwane to oppose state capture and corruption.

Tim Noakes not guilty of misconduct

Tim Noakes not guilty of misconduct

Noakes was accused of unprofessional conduct over a tweet he sent to a mother about weaning her baby on a low carb/high fat diet.

Popular articles
6 ways the new UIF bill benefits workers

6 ways the new UIF bill benefits workers

The broadened bill will see those who lose their jobs receive money for a longer period when they apply for unemployment benefits.

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

‘My worst fear is being 80 years old and poor’ – famed actor Dr. John Kani

‘My worst fear is being 80 years old and poor’ – famed actor Dr. John Kani

"My earliest memory of money is my father saying, ‘Why do you want to do this thing? How are you going to feed the family?'"

NSFAS to reopen 2017 applications

NSFAS to reopen 2017 applications

National Student Financial Aid Scheme says it will reopen 2017 loan applications after receiving requests for deadline extension.

'Collect experiences, NOT possessions!' - Paul Theron (Vestact MD)

'Collect experiences, NOT possessions!' - Paul Theron (Vestact MD)

Bruce Whitfield interviews the razor-sharp tongued Vestact MD Paul Theron about his money hopes, fears, successes, failures, etc.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?