(MCCLATCHY) When a white truck barrelled into a crowd of spectators in Nice Thursday night, many of those maimed and killed were perhaps the most defenseless victims. More than 50 children were injured by the suspected terrorist attack, and French officials said that more than 10 of the 84 dead were children too.
But before the attack, there was music and laughter on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, as thousands of people flocked to the city’s seaside sidewalks in celebration of Bastille Day. Fireworks burst in the air overhead to mark the national holiday, commemorating a pivotal moment in the French Revolution and drawing hundreds of families with children to watch the display. People stopped along the lighted streets to take selfies and crane their necks for a better view.