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PARIS (AP) The French city of Nice, where the city has been rocked by the attacks of Sept. 11, has been hit by a series of bomb attacks and is bracing for another round of evacuations as the city tries to cope with the aftermath.
French President Francois Hollande has declared a state of emergency for a fourth day in a row.
He has called for an “expeditious” response.
The mayor of Nice has promised to distribute 500,000 emergency blankets and 2,000 free meals in the city’s public areas and to provide additional protection to the tourist area in the center.
The mayor’s office said that at least 2,100 people have been displaced, including 300 from the central Paris area and 350 people from Nice itself.
A man carries a coffin in the street as people gather to pay their respects at Place de la Bastille on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France, Sept. 12, 2021.
A woman cries as she is helped to leave a cafe in Paris as a man holds her hands, amid the ongoing police operation to evacuate the area.
French President Francois Francois Hollande (C) visits a funeral site of a man killed by a terrorist who attacked the French capital in a terror attack, in Paris on Sept. 15, 2021, in this handout photo released by the Interior Ministry.
France is on high alert following a series the Paris attacks and a deadly truck attack in Belgium.
The country has received more than 200,000 calls to its national hotline, which is part of the federal government’s emergency services, according to the Interior ministry.
French President François Hollande, center, stands with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, left, and Interior Minister Gerard Collomb at the funeral of a soldier who was killed during an attack by Islamic State militants in the French city, in a picture released by French President François Fillon’s office on Sept, 16, 2021.(Alexandre Halsmans/AP)Authorities say the attacks have led to the evacuation of more than 4,000 people from a small town in central France.
In a statement, France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the evacuation had begun as of 9 a.m. and the number was expected to rise as the threat level remained at “severe.”
The operation was being conducted at a level 2 or higher, with no specific targets identified.
The government has also said it would send more than 1,000 soldiers to the Paris area.
France has been on high readiness, but also at the mercy of the terror threat.
The French Defense Ministry said Wednesday that the country was prepared to defend itself in the event of an attack.
It said the country would be ready to respond with whatever force is needed to defend its citizens, as it did after the January 2015 attacks in Paris.
Authorities are also searching for the bomber who blew himself up outside the Paris headquarters of the French government.
French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron called the attack “a cowardly act” that was committed by “an extremist who clearly wants to inflict death and destruction.”
The minister said a manhunt is underway for the man who carried out the attack, who is now in custody in Germany.
Authorities have said that the bomber is believed to have entered Europe via Turkey.