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Judge bans 'obscene' Nice attack images from Paris Match website

15 July 2017

The images show the moment a lorry, which killed 86 people, drove into crowds celebrating Bastille Day. The prosecutor's office said a hearing was set for later in the day to get the publication dated Thursday July 13, 2017 withdrawn from newsstands.

The ruling, made late on Thursday, came after the Paris prosecutor called for the magazine to be removed from sale.

Victims associations have also denounced the publication they say is based exclusively on a desire to be "sensational" and to create "a morbid and voyeuristic atmosphere" on the anniversary of the attack.

Nice's Mayor Christian Estrosi also criticised the publication on the eve of the first anniversary of the attack.

French President Emmanuel Macron is now in Nice where a minute's silence has been held for those that were killed in a terror attack a year ago.

He argued that screen-shots of the lorry had featured recently on TV and that they were distant images of the scene in which victims could not be identified.

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Around 10:30 on the evening of July 14, 2016, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, intentionally swerved a 19-ton rental truck onto the sidewalk of the Promenade des Anglais and careened into crowds as they were leaving the annual fireworks.

He also promised to ensure that aid to the more than 400 injured will become a reality.

Images and footage of the attack and its aftermath were a controversial subject immediately after the murders.

A week on, French anti-terror police asked local officials to delete video images of the incident to avoid their publication - but officials refused, saying it would be destroying evidence.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the truck attack.

Judge bans 'obscene' Nice attack images from Paris Match website