British Prime Minister Theresa May has reacted to the recent “horrifying” terror attack in France by saying that her country needs to step up efforts to curb terrorism.
On Thursday, an attacker rammed his truck into a crowd of people who were celebrating the French National Day in the city of Nice, killing at least 84 and injuring more than 200.
May, who was appointed as the UK’s new PM a day before the attack, said Friday that she would tell French President Francois Hollande that London “stands shoulder to shoulder” with Paris.
“If, as we fear, this was a terrorist attack then we must redouble our efforts to defeat these brutal murderers who want to destroy our way of life,” she added.
May vowed to bolster the fight against terrorism and said her government was “already making more funding available” for police and security services while the necessary procedures were being reviewed by senior officials.
The former home secretary who is now the second-ever British female PM since Margaret Thatcher said that senior officials in the government’s emergency Cobra committee were going to meet over possible ways to help Hollande’s government.
She said the terrorism threat level in the UK remained “severe” and ordered the UK’s police forces to review security at major events all over the country after the attack.
“When there are large scale events in the UK, police already look very carefully at security arrangements around them,” May’s spokeswoman said. “They are reviewing those arrangements in light of the attack in Nice.”
UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson also expressed solidarity with the French people, saying that he would team up with his European counterparts to deal with “these threats to our countries and our way of life.”
Meanwhile, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he would review the capital’s safety measures in the wake of the deadly attack.
No group or individual has so far claimed responsibility for the attack that according to Downing Street injured a “small number” of Britons as well.