The French government has ordered an evaluation of the safety measures undertaken in the country’s southern city of Nice ahead of and soon after the deadly attack, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
“Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister, has decided to task the General Inspection of National Police with a technical evaluation of security and public order provisions… This administrative inquiry… will allow for the actual state of affairs to be uncovered,” the statement, which was published on the Interior Ministry’s Twitter account, reads.
The inquiry is being undertaken to provide transparency and truth to the families of the victims, the statement highlighted.
On July 14, a truck rammed into a large crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the city of Nice. At least 84 people, including children, were killed and hundreds of others were injured. An investigation into the tragedy found that the person behind the attack was 31-year-old resident of Nice of Tunisian origin Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel.
Soon after the accident, Mayor of Nice Philippe Pradal and President of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur Christian Estrosi has spoke of the long-term shortage of police in the city.