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San Diego Woman Live Tweets France Attack

San Diego Woman Live Tweets France Attack
Reaction To Attack In Nice GUEST:Jérémy Varlet, former San Diegan who was born in Nice, France Darrell Foxworth, special agent, FBI

Security are public events becomes a larger issue in San Diego after the truck attack in Nice. Man is taken into custody in connection with a string of attacks against the homeless. This is a KPBS Midday Edition I'm Maureen Cavanaugh, it's Friday, July 15. Our top story on midday edition, just one week after a sniper caused death and chaos in Dallas, comes another attack against innocent civilians, this time in France. The death toll from a truck being driven through Bastille Day crowds in Nice stands at 84. If -- Jeremy is now living in Paris. Several of his relatives attended the Bastille Day fireworks show in Nice. I spoke to him earlier today. Hello. Thanks for joining us. Hello. Rain in your relatives injured in yesterday's attack? Nobody was injured. They're all safe and some leftist in time and some left minutes later. Tell us it was there. Who of your relatives were there and what do they tell you about what happened? Two of my cousins were there. I just called when I saw the safety check on Facebook I called my relatives in Nice to see if everything was okay. One of my cousins said he left a five minutes earlier. With his two sons. One is still shocked. She was in a hotel because the hotel opened their doors and the restaurants and everybody open their doors to people in the streets. She told me she saw the truck and was running with her daughter in her hands. Running to be safe. There still shocked about what happens. Is there an added level of shock because it happened in these on Bastille Day? Yes. My relatives told me -- with what happened in Paris I couldn't imagine that it could happen in Nice. We had the soccer months and France and nothing happened at that time. They thought Bastille Day would be okay. I didn't imagine anything like this. Your relatives who found shelter in the hotel, did they know what was happening at the time? They didn't know anything. They just saw a truck. They thought -- because it was at the beginning of where the truck started to be on the promenade, they thought it could be somebody just didn't see the road and came in the way. After they saw it was still driving very fast, they imagined it could be some terrorist attack or something like this. You probably been at the celebration at the promenade for Bastille Day. What does the celebration typically like and how many people attend? Thousands of people. It's -- the tourists go there when they go to Nice because it's Bastille Day and its a very big fireworks and wonderful fireworks. Everybody is there. Thousands of people dancing on the streets, just walking. As you were saying this comes several months after a terrorist attack in Paris a week after Europe's soccer tournament that fat is on high alert because they wanted to make sure security was fine for the tournament. Today, after this terrible attack, what is the mood like in Paris among people you know? People in Paris are shocked because in Paris, we live with the facts that something can happen anytime anywhere. Even on a subway or when you're working on the streets or order at a café. We understand each other and with the people in France are all thinking about it could happen anytime. Are these attacks changing what it's like to live in France? Now. -- No. I can't imagine living -- leaving France to live somewhere else. France is France. When you like rats and like living there, it's not because something like this happened that you can think of moving because of these attacks. It can happen everywhere. Even in Turkey or like what happened a few weeks ago. I've been speaking with Jeremy from France. Joining me now is agent Foxworth. French authorities are taking extra measures in response to this attack in Nice. What can you tell us about security precautions being taken here in San Diego and across US? I can tell you when something like this happens, the first 24 hours, our emphasis is trying to help the French government respond to the consequences of terrorist attack. At the same time, because we have agents deployed in that part of the world, we will see what investigative assistance they need for their dark response team or investigators. At the same time having these agents pre-deploy gives us a direct link so we can't start gathering information concerning the individuals that may be responsible for this attack. Following the initial response and finding assistance, you want to know everything about this person and we want to know about their associates. The first thing we do from investigative side is get all that information and will start reviewing our crowds and sharing information with our intelligence comports ago we will come up with a situation where in this report and take that information and share it with all field offices with the emphasis that the special agency in charge will share the information with the members of JT FF. So they have a basis to start with. There's when something like this happens there's a lot of reporting. We want to be able to separate fact from fiction. This attack was perpetrated using a large truck to go does the way this attack was carried out change the way we think about safety at large public events? A time these attacks happen, it gives us pause and we take a look at that and say how was that done? Is it something we need to factor in when it comes to special events in the US? Or even just day-to-day. Oftentimes these terrorist take advantage of soft targets we don't have the fortification. Something like this causes us to look at that and say what can we do to make it harder for someone to do something like this and part of that is also sharing information with the public making them aware of how these attacks are being conducted. So they can take steps to identify suspicious activity to cop we always say want the public to remain vigilant, be aware. We don't want people to live in fear but go about your daily activities,. There's something unusual, make sure you reported to law enforcement. Brother at present any credible threats to any event in San Diego? At this time, I'm not aware of any specific active edible threats here in San Diego. With that said we're consummate sharing information and intelligence with the San Diego Police Department, the sheriff departments, all the local County agencies. So that they are prepared to give better posture to identify suspicious activity. This is something that requires the partnership not only of the FBI and law enforcement partners but requires the partnership of the public. The public are our eyes and ears. Whether the talking a criminal investigation or Terrace, there's someone out there, they always know something was up indicator. Educating the public, they can help make our communities safer. Thank you agent Foxworth.

A San Diego woman on Thursday sent a series of tweets that appear to be firsthand account of an attack in Nice, France.

NPR reported:

A truck drove into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, killing dozens of people on Thursday evening. Local media report the number of dead could be as high as 70, with 100 people injured.

Dominique Molina, who operates San Diego-based American Institute of Certified Tax Coaches, shared descriptions of the scene under the Twitter account @CertTaxCoach.


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