France declares three days of national mourning
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the national mourning would be observed from Saturday, July 16-18. Flags on government buildings will fly at half-mast.
“We would like to tell the French people that we will never give in,” Valls said outside the Élysée Palace in Paris. “Terrorism, as we’ve been saying for so long, is a threat that weighs heavily on France, and will still weigh [heavily] for a long time,” he said, adding that France will need to learn to live with terrorist attacks.
“France, once again, has been hit in its soul, on the 14th of July, our National Day. They wanted to attack the unity of the French nation.” France will remain “united and joined around its values”, Valls said.