Anti-terrorism prosecutors are now investigating the deadly Nice attack.
Hollande said the “terrorist nature [of the attack] cannot be denied” stressing that France is under the threat of Islamist terrorism. Cazeneuve emphasized that the terrorist threat remains extremely high in France.
According to Hollande, the effectiveness of police will be increased, including on the borders, and “the state of emergency that was going to end on July 26 will be prolonged for three months.” Hollande said earlier on Thursday that France would not be extending its state of emergency.
France’s Defense Council will hold a meeting on Friday in connection with the attack, following which the French leader would head to Nice along with the Prime Minister, Manuel Valls.
French Health Minister Marisol Touraine has left the French capital and has already arrived in Nice along with Interior Minister Cazeneuve.