European countries boost control on French Border

European countries boost control on French BorderSeveral European countries reinforced security along their borders with France on Friday after a truck attack in Nice killed scores of people and revived terror fears in the region.

Spain in turn on Friday bolstered security along its 408-mile border with France, while its top security officials met to weigh additional measures following the attack. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy declared a day of mourning in Spain and a midday moment of silence for the victims of Thursdays assault.

We feel as our own the immense pain that afflicts our neighbors, Mr. Rajoy said, appearing on television before a Spanish flag draped with a black banner.

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Germany also intensified controls and beefed up security along its border with France. The Federal Police, responsible for policing Germanys borders, said they were increasing surveillance and checks in the border region with France in coordination with French authorities. Airports, cross-border rail networks and land crossings along the border would all see increased security, the German police said.

Italy strengthened controls at the border with France, said Interior Minister Angelino Alfano. The northwestern region of Liguria, located on the border with France, also offered to open hospitals to assist in the care of some of those who were injured in the attack, said the regions President Giovanni Toti.

Belgium, whose capital was hit by attacks in March that killed 32 people, maintained its terror alert level at three, one notch below the maximum, meaning the risk is serious but not imminent.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said authorities had been aware of a scenario in which a vehicle could be used for a terrorist attack. He confirmed that the countrys National Day celebrations on July 21 would go ahead, albeit with extra security.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the U.K. capital is reviewing its safety measures in the aftermath of the attack.

Thursdays attack in Nice was the latest in a series in Europe that have put the region on heightened alert. Authorities in several countries have carried out raids and detained dozens of people as part of investigations into the attacks and their perpetrators.

Source: The Wall Street Journal
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