The Prime Minister of France, Jean Castex, has said the government’s response to the Nice attack will be “firm, implacable, and immediate," adding that the country’s security alert level is being raised to "emergency."
The "emergency" level means the “maximum level of vigilance” is necessary in case of an imminent threat or immediately after an attack, according to a French government website.
France’s Defense and National Security Council will meet Friday morning, Castex said.
Speaking in the French parliament on Thursday, he also paid tribute to the three people who died.
“Three of our compatriots were assassinated with a knife in abject circumstances,” he said.
“In these tragic times, our thoughts go to the families, to their relatives, to Nice parishioners but also more broadly to the whole Catholic community that was intentionally targeted.”
The nation “shares their pain,” Castex said.