By Robyn Collins
Following the horrific attack in Nice, France, the Nice Jazz Festival, which was to have featured Robert Plant, has been canceled.
Last night, an attacker drove a truck through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 84 people and injuring more than 100. The five-night festival (July 16-20) was set 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, reported Billboard.
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 attack came just hours after President Hollande 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.”