French flags fly at half-mast as three days of national mourning is declared for France


France has declared three days of national mourning after the terror attack in Nice in which at least 84 people were killed.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said after an emergency government meeting that the national mourning would begin on Saturday.

And he confirmed that a measure extending the country's state of emergency would go before politicians next week.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls speaks to media after a security meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Friday, July 15, 2016. Prime Minister Valls said the government is declaring three days of national mourning after the attack in Nice. Speaking after an emergency meeting, Valls said the national mourning would begin Saturday. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Manuel Valls (Thibault Camus/AP)

The atrocity in Nice happened when a large truck mowed through crowds gathered for Bastille Day fireworks in the Riviera resort, killing at least 84 and sending dozens fleeing into the sea as it bore down for more than a mile along the city's waterfront Promenade des Anglais.

Flags were lowered to half-mast in Nice and in Paris, and President Francois Hollande extended the state of emergency imposed after the November bloodshed by another three months.

Around the UK French flags have also been flying at half-mast. The tricolour flag can be seen outside Downing Street.

The Union Flag and the Tricolour flag of France fly at half-mast in Downing Street, London
(Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The French flag was lowered at The Open Championship in South Ayrshire.

The French flag flies at half mast in respect of the victims of the Nice attacks during day two of The Open Championship 2016 at Royal Troon Golf Club, South Ayrshire.
(Peter Byrne/PA)

And in George Square, Glasgow.

French flag flying at half-mast in George Square, Glasgow, after at least 84 people, including several children, died after a terrorist drove a truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice.
(Alisdair Woodburn/PA)

As well as elsewhere in the UK...

"All of France is under the threat of Islamic terrorists," a sombre President Hollande said on national television early on Friday.

He added: "France was struck on the day of its national holiday, July 14, the symbol of liberty,"