Nice Terror Attack: Condolences, offers of help and miracle story on social media after one more tragedy hits France

12:06 Jul. 15, 2016

Condolences, offers of help and miracle story on social media after one more tragedy hits France

#JeSuisNice (Twitter image in response to the Nice terror attack)

At least 84 died and scores were wounded after a gunman slammed his truck into a crowd

People across the world turned to social media to express their shock, extend condolences and, in some cases, offer help after the attack in the southern French city of Nice has left at least 84 people dead and scores injured.

Reminiscent of #JeSuisCharlie and #JeSuisParis, a new hashtag #JeSuisNice has emerged on social media in response to one more tragedy in France.

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#PorteOuverteNice, or Open Door, has been used by many Twitter users in Nice offering their homes to those needing somewhere to shelter.

Users encouraged each other not to share their addresses online, but to privately send them through direct messages. Local taxi drivers were also offering free rides to those in the area.

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Thousands have also posted under the hashtag #RechercheNice, or "search Nice", in the hope of finding their friends and loved ones.

An account called @NiceFindPeople was quickly set up, which circulated a note bearing the names of all those reported lost.

Using the hashtag #PrayForNice, people have also displayed their pain and empathy for the dead and wounded.

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Amid the horror of the Nice tragedy, a happy-ending story emerged on Facebook. In the chaos and panic of the attack, mother Tiava Banner was separated from her eight-month-old baby.

She immediately turned to Facebook with a desperate message calling for help find her child.

The post was later updated to say the baby had been found, and thanked a woman named Joy Ruez.

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France had been on high alert following last November's attacks in Paris which left 130 dead and hundreds wounded. On July 15 the state of emergency has been extended for three months.

Based on reporting by BBC

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