In the wake of Thursday night’s horrific attack in Nice, France, the Nice Jazz Festival has been canceled. Hours after a crazed attacker drove a truck through a packed crowd gathered to watch a Bastille Day fireworks display, killing 84 people and injuring more than 100, organizers of the festival slated to kick off on Saturday announced that they had called it off.
— Nice Jazz Festival (@nicejazzfest) July 15, 2016
“Following the tragic events, @VilledeNice is in mourning. @nicejazzfest cancelled. + more info tomorrow. Our thoughts are with the victims #jesuisnice,” reads the tweet. The five-night festival (July 16-20) was to feature sets from Robert Plant & the Sensational Shape Shifters, the James Hunter Six, George Clinton, Snarky Puppy, Laura Mvula, Massive Attack, Gallant, the Cinematic Orchestra, Youssou N’ Dour and a dozen others.
Reps for Rihanna confirmed on Thursday that she was “safe” and that her scheduled show on Friday night at the Allianz Stadium in Nice had been canceled. France’s president, François Holland said in a nationally televised address early Friday that the “terrorist character” of the assault was clear and the perpetrator’s use of a large truck to plow down the crowds was a “monstrosity.” The assault came just hours after Hollande had said the national state of emergency that has been in place since last year’s deadly terror assault in Paris was slated to end on July 26; it has now been extended for three more months.
“France has been struck on the day of her national holiday,” Holland said. “Human rights are denied by fanatics, and France is clearly their target.” The attack also caused presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to postpone Friday’s planned announcement of his running mate, reported to be Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
Thoughts and prayers continued to come in from celebrities overnight as well, including the following from Jessica Alba, Tiesto, Julian Lennon, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Khloe Kardashian, Questlove, Chloë Grace Moretz and dozens of others.
— Jessica Alba (@jessicaalba) July 15, 2016
— Tiësto (@tiesto) July 15, 2016
— Julian Lennon (@JulianLennon) July 15, 2016
Heartsick over Nice. Horrified.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) July 14, 2016
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) July 15, 2016
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) July 14, 2016
What’s happening in this world ? #PrayForNice
— Chloë Grace Moretz (@ChloeGMoretz) July 14, 2016