French minister criticised over Nice attack claims
21 July 2016, 16:44
Paris - France's interior minister has acknowledged there was no
national police presence at the entrance to the pedestrianised
walkway in Nice during the Bastille Day truck attack that killed 84 people.
In what represents a backtracking from his previous claim that
there was, Bernard Cazeneuve says local police, who are more lightly armed,
were guarding the entrance where Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove his truck.
Cazeneuve on Thursday defended himself against charges in French
newspaper Liberation he lied publicly about there being a national police
presence at the entry point - with their cars blocking the road.
In a statement, Cazeneuve accused the paper of conspiracy theories
and maintains that several "heroic" national police - who shot dead
the attacker - were stationed further down the promenade.