The Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, the site of a vicious terror attack that left more than 80 people dead last Thursday, has reopened and visitors have been adorning makeshift memorials with flowers and candles and pausing for moments of silence. However, the spot where Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the truck driver responsible for the attack, was killed by police has received a different kind of treatment.
Bouhlel's death site has been vandalized with trash, rocks and graffiti, according to video obtained by Washington Post reporter Michael Birnbaum. Visitors to the Promenade des Anglais have taken to spitting on the spot and cursing as they pass by to demonstrate their disgust for Bouhlel's alleged actions. One person wrote "assassin" next to the pile of growing debris at the location.
The anger towards Bouhlel comes amid a growing anti-immigrant sentiment in France and Europe at large in the wake of multiple terror attacks in recent months, including the deadly attacks in Paris in November. France's far-right National Front party is calling for restrictions on immigration in response to the Nice attack.
Bouhlel drove a large truck into a crowd of people watching fireworks as part of Bastille Day celebrations last Thursday. The attack killed 84 people and wounded 202, many of them children, CBS News reported. Bouhlel was shot and killed after a standoff with French police. His motives, which have been the subject of much debate, were immediately unclear.
The Islamic State terrorist organization took responsibility for the attack in a statement released Saturday to Amaq. The extremist group, which has previously told its followers to run people over with cars, called Bouhlel "one of the soldiers of Islamic State," according to Reuters. "He carried out the operation in response to calls to target nationals of states that are part of the coalition fighting Islamic State." However, no evidence has been found yet to connect Bouhlel with the group also known as ISIS.