tv DW News LINKTV July 15, 2016 2:00pm-2:31pm PDT
♪ ♪ ♪ >> welcome. this is dw news, live from berlin. taylor has struck the french city of nice as they celebrate the country's national holiday. president hollande says the country is at war with enemies of freedom. >> this fight will be a long one, because we face in enemy who will continue to target all the peoples and countries who have liberty asked an essential value -- as an essential value.
>> at least 84 people were killed when a truck plowed into a crowd of people celebrating bastille day last night. police later shot dead the driver. we will take you to nice and paris for political reaction. ♪ christopher: good to have you with us. we have more breaking news coming in, disturbing events in the capital of turkey, ankara, and in the largest city in turkey, istanbul./ witnesses in ankara say they are hearing gunfire in the streets, and reports of military jets and helicopters flying over the city. turkish media reporting security forces have closed two bridges over the bosphorus in istanbul.
we don't have any news, but we will bring you more information asoon as it becomes available. nearly 24 hours after the attack in nice, there is mourning, global solidarity, and flags at half mast. investigators are trying to piece together the puzzle of why a tunisian national, a petty criminal with no known terrorist links, and in 1910 lorry into a crowd of revelers watching a bastille day fireworks display. the death toll is now at 84. more than 200 have been injured. reporter: nice is a city in mourning, still reeling from the carnage at the end of what was supposed to be a day of celebration. but as reality sinks in, investigators have been working to determine how the attack happened. >> after checking the documents
and fingerprints in the truck, we can now confirm the identity of the terrorist, mohamed lahouaiej bouhlel. he was a truck driver for a delivery company, a tunisian citizen, married and a father. his wife was interrogated this morning. reporter: the attacker was known to police for several violent c crimes, b but was unkn to intelligence services and was never flagged for r holdining radical views. despite this, investigators are trying to determine whether he had connections to terroristt organizationons. this with the truck used as the weapon. behind the wheel, a killer intent on a bloody end to the bastille day national holiday. terrified revelers ran into their lives --- f for their lives, desperate to get away. eyewitnesses say he accelerated into pedestrians, smashing into
them at high speed. >> it's like we are watching a film, and we're still in the cinema. we have not left yet. we have not realize what is happening. it's horrible. it's scary. it's a nightmare. >> the truck grazed, my daughter who lost her shoe, then he hit my sister-in-law. i heard gunshots a little further away. reporter: according to prosecutors, the killer opened fire on three policemen, and the rampage stopped only after police shot him dead. he l left behind a trail of destruction, more than 80 dead, including many children. this is the third terrorist attack in this country and two years. three days of mourning have been declared as france again has to come to terms with tragedy. christopher: for the latest, let's cross to nice. max hoffman is on the promenade des anglais in nice, and in
paris, my colleague, barbara wiesel. what are we learning so far? max: we know he was a criminal. he was convicted for threats and violence, not connected to terrorism, but domestic violence. that's one part. the other part, what happened in nice has every sign of the making of an islamist terror attacks. experts have said as much, politicians have said as much, but all that is missing is the official link, but most believe this will be established. if it is, then we have a very familiar picture. the picture of the pett criminaly who was radicalized in some way, that led him to do what he did last night. christopher: what about security? are people in nice asking
questions about how one man in a truck could cost them much carnage? -- cause so much carnage? max: it's a pretty big truck, to be fair. the overall theme here, nobody expected this to happen. nobody even had the idea of this could be done, therefore, at least that's what i gather from reports, people have been telling me the roadblocks last night were not designed to keep out a 19-ton truck. it was just to signal people, you cannot go here because there's something going on. there's questions now, was that the right thining to do? on the other hand, you have this truck going for two kilometers down the promenade des anglais before being stopped, two kilometers at 50 kilometers an hour, so this took about three minutes. that's a very long time.
while police are trying to fire at the truck. it took a long time, but they were obviously not prepared for something like that. who didn't in thihis case, to be fair. the voices coming out, if this had been done correctly, this attack would not have happened. christopher: let's talk about the security debate at the national level, barbara. is there a feeling in paris and among the various political parties, that perhaps the government should have done more or could have done more to prevent this? barbara: absolutely. the criticism is harsh, and ca quickly. after the first two attacks, they were sort of a few days of grace before the political criticism and infighting started. it's different this time, particularly from the opposition party, the conservative party,
come the people, on the committee to look into the failures of the attacks in paris, the bataclan and restaurant attacks in november. they say security forces have failed, again. francois hollande did not reform security forces. they are not under one command. there are jealousies and differenent strands that do not cooperate. there is not enough intelligence gathering. everything they could go wrong with security services, that's the reproaches that come from the parties here. we have to think about the front national. the attacks for them, they really accuse francois hollande of not having done anything. that is not true, of course. he did what he could politically, but it is not enough. we have to remember in this case, the french political
system is particularly resistant to reform. christopher: what options does president hollande, who is now under a lot of pressure -- what options does he have? barbara: not many, actually. he has prolonged the state of emergency, a and he will send ot more police and have security services comb through known terrorist suspects one more time, but it's too late for a real reform of the services, and the interior minister says we don't need that, so politically he's pretty much at the end of what he can do, but this will damage him badly. he's not likely to be able to stand again in next year's election as a candidate. christopher: back to max in nice. what is the mood tonight? our people back out on the streets, or are they worried about the security situation? max: when the sun started
setting, people cannot again. you saw what we had not seen all day, people crying, maybe realizing what happened. we are approaching the 24 hour mark, in a couple hours, and maybe now people start realizing, when the mood and light is similar to yesterday, how many people lost their lives. christopher: max hoffman in nice, barbara in paris, thanks to both of you. staying in nice, people in the city have been flocking to a church service to remember the victims of thursday's deadly attack, a mass held in the cathedral in the old district of nice. the building was packed with mourners, praying also for the dozens of injured in that attack, some of whom are still fighting for their lives. now, world leaders have responded to the nice tragedy,
saying they are determined to stand together against terrorism. u.s. president barack obama said his country would keep up its fight against so-called islamic state, and he expressed his grief in solidarity with france. let's listen to what he had to say. president obama: today, our hearts are with the people of france, and all the innocent men, women, and so many children who were hurt or killed in this sickening attack. americans and french have stood together for two centuries, and i have told president hollande we will stand together now. we are praying for the many who were injured, many of whom are still fighting for their lives, and we pledge to stand with our french friends as we defend our nations against the scourge of terrorism and violence. christopher: let's talk to our
washington correspondent, richard walker. president obama speaking there. tell us more about u.s. reaction to the nice attacks so far. richard: from barack obama, we heard what he was saying. he went on to give a familiar message about the importance of americans sticking together, particularly not to target muslims, saying it would be completely wrong to try to divide americans according to their religion, and that that goes against american values, and that even does the work of the terrorists themselves. there in part he's referring to some thing said earlier by newt gingrich, one of the front runners to be donald trump's choice of eyes presidential running mate -- vice presidential running mate, who said in the last few hours he wanted to subject all muslim americans to a test, asking what please stand by. thei -- askingt
their view of sharia law was, and said that if they signed up to the view of sharia law, those people should be deported. that is an echo of what donald trump himself has said about muslims, talking about a ban on allowing muslims to enter the country. we will hear much more from donald trump in the days ahead, with his announcement of his vice presidential pick, but also at the republican convention beginning next week. christopher: richard, the u.s. promising france any assistance it needs. what might that entail? richard: we had the head of the department of homeland security, jeh johnson, visiting the french and the scene washington today in a show of solidarity and to discuss cooperation. going back to the paris attacks last year, since then
cooperation on intelligence and defense has already been elevated between the two countries. referring back to what we just heard from max, about the idea that it was not expected that a large truck could be used in an attack like that, the department of homeland security here, back in 2010, had a report warning about precisely this, the idea of a ramming attack using a large vehicle or truck, so this is the intelligence cooperation the two sides will be talking about. there is an elevated sense of concern here in the united states about this spate of recent attacks, and also wondering if this is the price of success of the coalition against islamic state in the middle east, beginning to push islamic state out of some of the territory it was controlling, prompting islamic state to ramp up attacks overseas. primarily in what is seen in the
u.s. as a very vulnerable europe. christopher: richard walker, many thanks for that. reporting from washington. we are going to take a short break now. we will be back in just a minute's time, and we will have all the latest business news for you. do stay with us. you are watching dw news in berlin.
christopher: welcome back. you are here with "dw news" in berlin. we have breaking news coming in, reports of an alleged military coup underway in turkey. the prime minister has denounced what he is calling an "illegal takeover attempt" by a military group and says security forces are resolving the situation. witnesses in ankara heard gunfire in the streets, and
reports of military jets and helicopters flying overhead. media in istanbul reporting two bridges in that city of for the bosporus river have enclosed. we will bring in dorian jones, our istanbul correspondent, on that. what are you hearing at the moment? dorian: on television, the declared factionsy within the military have tried to carry out an illegal takeover. we heard reports of clashes with tanks and police in istanbul, though that has not been confirmed. the main bridges across the city have been closed, the we heard one has been reopened. there have been reports of military jets flying over the capital, ankara, and military
police at the presidential palace. we cannot confirm any of this, but there are also reports a senior police office was shot in a confrontation at the palace. it does appear some sort of attempted military takeover of the country -- christopher: dorian, what sort of official response is coming from the government? dorian: other than what we heard from the prime minister, who says some factions within the army are carrying this out, saying they will be severely punished. he doesn't appear at the moment to be able to broadcast, al tough notably, no word from the president himself, which might concern his supporters. it's difficult to confirm any of
this. since the president of power over a decade ago, there have always been tensions between the military and the government. i appears -- it appears at the moment that factions in the military are trying to carry out some sort of takeover. christopher: what can you tell us -- ok, we have lost our istanbul correspondent, dorian jones. the line has been interrupted, so we will bring on -- moved to the latest business news with helen humphrey. helen: wall street has been marking the attack in nice. let's listen to some events earlier on wall street.
well, you would have been able -- would not have been able to hear. a minute of silence for victims in nice. traderes in new york -- traders in new york began the day in a somber mood, with french and american flags paying tribute to the 80 people killed on thursday. events like those in nice always have an immediate effect on the travel industry. tour operators are offering free cancellations, and the hospitality industry is worried about the long-term damage. >> not all passengers at the cologne airport heading to nice this morning were sure they wanted to go through with the trip. flights were not canceled, but many had mixed feelings about traveling to the french riviera. >> there's nothing you can do. i think what has happened is
very sad. reporter: the attack is a disaster for nice, the top destination for tourism in france after paris. millions come here each summer, and hotel owners say they are now leaving in droves. >> we have had many, many cancellations. everyone is leaving the city. everyone is going home. reporter: the attack comes as many tourists were prepared to put france back on their wish list. but as the guests leave nice, the stigma of terror has returned. helen: most eu citizens believe the so-called islamic state is the biggest threat to their security, according to a new survey. the survey also found most europeans do not want to increase military spending as a solution.
the french government after attacks last year stepped up security measures, including a bigger defense budget. reporter: this footage was shot a day before bastille day, showing french president francois hollande announcing the deployment of the country's schall de gaulle -- charles de gaulle aircraft carrier against islamic state in the middle east. his reasons were clear -- >> because we have to strike back and destroy those who attacked us, in january, and in november 2015. reporter: it is the latest investment the country has made in fighting terror. in 2015, france's defense budget amounted to over 31 billion euros. but in the wake of the attacks on satirical newspaper charlie hebdo, hollande announced a rise of 3.8 billion in spending between 2016 and 2019. some of that extra money will be spent on a permanent force of
7000 soldiers to protect at-risk sites in france. while french investment in defense is significant in european terms, it pales in comparison to the u.s., where the defense budget represents 3.4% of gdp. in europe, france lags behind the u.k., but invests more than neighboring germany. but france's security forces, who just hours ago were marching to celebrate bastille day, could be facing a threat that no amount of money can counter. helen: let's get the view from wall street now, speaking to our financial correspondent. how have u.s. markets been reacting to the news out of france? jens: well, overall, especially if you look at the tourism industry, there might be an impact. i mean, everything is still very
fresh, and it's tough to project what impact that might have. but there is some evidence americans might shy away from spending their summer vacation in europe. you see some of the big, crucial companies, some airline stocks, some travel websites, trading lower here on the friday session. by the way, i was walking past a playground in brooklyn, in my neighborhood, and they were kids, girls with scarves, kids with latin american backgrounds, all playing peacefully together, that does give me some hope that the majority of us can live peacefully together. helen: absolutely. a helpful sight. wales has been driving markets -- what else has been driving markets on wall street today? jens: there was mixed economic news.
we had consumer sentiment a little weaker. retail sales were stronger. blue chips had another record close on wall street. the big question going into next week, can we hold at those high levels? we will have a lot of companies coming out with earnings reports. goldman sachs, microsoft, intel, general electric. those results, especially the outlook of those corporations, will show if we went too far, or if we can even gain a little further. helen: many thanks for that update. and that is the latest business news from me. back over to christopher now. christopher: thank you. we are going to bring you up-to-date with breaking news coming in at the moment from turkey, of an attempted military coup. the prime minister denouncing what he called a "illegal takeover attempt" by a military group, adding that security
forces are trying to resolve the situation and appealing for calm. witnesses in ankara report hearing gunfire in the streets, and reports of military jets and helicopters flying overhead. at the same time, media in istanbul are reporting two bridges over the bosporus have been closed, and tanks have been deployed at the entrance to ataturk airport. we will bring you more on that story as soon as we have it for you. moving on to sports news now, in cycling, states 13 of the tour de france went ahead on planned -- as planned on friday despite the attack in nice. organizers and regional officials had discussed canceling the stage, but in the end decided the race should go on. a minute of silence was held before the start, in honor of the victims in nice, then the riders got back to racing, each of them riding a 37.5 kilometer time trial. tom dumoulin prevailing, but
still far back in the overall standings. chris froome was the second fastest and hangs onto the yellow jersey. now, the latest news from nice and from turkey at the top of the hour for you. for now, we leave you with images of people in nice and across france, as they come to terms with last night's terrorist attack. you are watching d dw news in berlin. do stay with us if you can. ♪ ♪ ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
the authorities begin their investigation into last night's attack at the waterfront in nice. the man driving a truck rammed a crowd killing 84 people. was he working alone? french officials tried to build up a profile of the attacker. standing shoulder to shoulder with france. and other keytes allies offer condolences, as well as the closest security operation. the president speaking a while ago, says the u.s. will not be deterred.