Attack in Nice: Passers-by spit on stones, garbage marking spot where truck driver was shot

A man spits on the pile of stones and rubbish marking the spot where truck driver Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was shot by police. The text reads "coward". PHOTO: AFP
People throw garbage at the spot where Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was killed by the police. The message reads "coward". PHOTO: AFP

NICE, France (AFP) - In the midst of the flowers and candles on Nice's Promenade des Anglais, a pile of stones and rubbish has piled up on the spot where the truck attacker's rampage ended.

Passers-by stop to spit on the pile of garbage, adding to it with their cigarette butts and plastic bottles.

Someone has scrawled "coward!" at the spot near where Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel was shot dead by police in his truck after careering through a crowd, killing 84 people on Thursday night.

The pile lies only a few metres from the makeshift memorial that has cropped up on the promenade, a sea of flowers, candles, teddy bears and loving messages.

Among the dead, 10 were children, and the massacre of a crowd of young and old has shaken France to its core for the third time in 18 months.

Angry residents left insulting messages at the site of Bouhlel's death, including an image of a middle finger with the words "F*** Daesh" scrawled across it, using the Arabic name for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group.

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