Act Five – French Club OGC Nice plan to offer a heart warming tribute to the victims of the Bastille Day terror attack

Social media can be a really ugly place. Take the 2016 United States Presidential election campaign as an example. As evidenced by Ankit’s earlier write ups on this blog, supporters of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have traded ugly barbs against each other on and off social media in the one of the most unsavoury Presidential campaigns in American history. However, browsing through twitter yesterday, I stumbled upon a rare heart wrenching story of compassion and empathy on social media.

In a bid to honour the memories of the innocent people who lost their lives in a gruesome terror attack in the city of Nice on Bastille Day, players of French club OGC Nice will wear a special kit on the opening day of the 2016-17 Ligue 1 season.

85 people were mowed down by a cargo truck during the Bastille Day celebrations in Nice on July 14. The driver of the truck, a Tunisian national living in France, was shot dead by the police in the aftermath of the attack. The Islamic State later came out and claimed responsibility for the attack.

The ghastly attack, which was the second deadliest terror incident in French history, sent shock waves through the picturesque coastal town of Nice located on the French Riviera. In response, President François Hollande extended the national emergency by a further 3 months and pledged to intensify its aerial offensive against the Islamic State in Syria.

This Sunday, when OGC Nice take on Stade Rennais at the Allianz Riviera stadium in the opening match of the season, their players will sport the names of the victims on their kits instead of the insignia of the sponsor. The names are etched on the players kits in the shape of a heart sewn across their midriff.

A touching gesture that will surely restore our faith in humanity. Atleast until terror rears its ugly head yet again.

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