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France Boosts Security Measures in Wake of Nice Attack

The French government has drawn criticism for failing to thwart another mass attack

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    People lay flowers and light candles to honor the victims of an attack, near the area where a truck mowed through revelers in Nice, southern France, July 16, 2016. A large truck mowed through revelers gathered for Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, killing score of people and sending people fleeing into the sea as it bore down for more than a mile along the Riviera city's famed waterfront promenade.

    France will call up 12,000 police reservists and boost security measures across the country in the wake of the truck attack that left 84 people dead and more than 200 injured in Nice, NBC News reported. 

    The French government has drawn criticism for failing to thwart another mass attack following the Paris siege and the Charlie Hebdo bloodbath. 

    French President Francois Hollande extended the state of emergency put in place in November and called up thousands of reservists — moves that many in Nice said was too little, too late. In an open letter in the Nice Matin newspaper, regional council president Christian Estrosi called France's current leadership "incapable" of properly addressing security threats. 

    Five people were arrested in connection with the rampage, French prosecutors said. The attacker, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, wasn’t known to intelligence services.