L'Ange de la Baie in Nice, France

Memorials for terrorist attack victims were relatively rare in France prior to 2015; with just half a dozen plaques commemorating events occurring between 1974 and 2015.  

Then, sadly, this changed, with an increase in attacks on French soil beginning in 2015.

One such attack occurred in Nice on the evening of 14th July 2016, Bastille Day.  

A 19-tonne cargo truck was deliberately driven into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais. The attack resulted in 86 deaths of 86 and injuries to434 others. Fourteen of the victims were children, with the youngest not even three years old.

The attack ended following an exchange of gunfire, during which the driver, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a Tunisian living in France was shot and killed by police.

Jean-Marie Fondacaro, a local artist, was chosen by the victims’ families to create the memorial. The memorial was unveiled on 14th July 2022, six years following the attack. It took this long to find a design that pleased all the families involved.

The lower part represents a wave, on which a heart is engraved, made up of the names of the 86 victims.  Above this stands a statue of a man, arms outstretched, ready to take flight.  He represents a protective angel for the victims

The memorial stands on the spot on Promenade des Anglais where the truck was stopped by police on the evening of the tragedy.

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