victims of the Nice attack carried the Olympic flame on the Promenade des Anglais

victims of the Nice attack carried the Olympic flame on the Promenade des Anglais
victims of the Nice attack carried the Olympic flame on the Promenade des Anglais
Published on 06/19/2024 at 7:07 p.m.

Written by Aline Métal

Philippe Murris brandished the Olympic flame on the Promenade des Anglais. A place synonymous with mourning, because it is here that his daughter was killed during the attack on July 14. Three other representatives of victims’ associations also relayed this flame. The festive moment prevailed over the always painful memory.

Usually, it is Anne Murris who speaks to talk about the day they lost their daughter Camille, aged 27, on July 14, 2016. Usually, it is also Anne who is interviewed in the media, at the trial, as head of the “Mémorial des Anges” association. But this time, it is her husband who carries the memory of their daughter to the media.

June 18, 2024, Nice (Alpes-Maritimes): Philippe Murris holds the Olympic torch for the Mémorial des Anges association on the Promenade des Anglais, site of the July 14 attack where his daughter Camille died, 8 years ago .

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“She was the one who wanted me to wear it, she didn’t feel like wearing it. On a physical level, on an emotional level too,” specifies Philippe Murris. An event in which he does not regret having participated: “My wife told me again that she was very happy, that she saw me smiling and that it made her happy.”

Because for the couple, this Promenade des Anglais is associated with mourning. And, originally, the associations of victims of the Nice attack were not invited to carry the Olympic flame. Unthinkable for the couple:“We don’t want to be left out.”

Philippe Murris explains: “When we saw the route we contacted the town hall, we wanted to participate (…) We don’t want to be sidelined.” Because the path of the flame begins south of the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, like that of the driver of the truck which mowed down hundreds of people, caused the death of 86 people and injured more than 400 people. He assures : “I think that everything that happens on the Promenade concerns us”

The organization took their request into account. This is why there was a stop in front of the sculpture by Jean-Marie Fondacaro, “the Angel of the Bay”, which materializes the start of the truck’s deadly race and symbolizes the souls of the victims.

Retired since September 1, Philippe Murris, school teacher, did not think there would be so many people. Even if this part of the journey was the most moving sequence, it rather retains joy and “l’ambiance festive” around him. Three other association representatives were there to support each other and relay this flame.

This is the first time that Philippe Murris has returned to the Prom in 8 years.

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Patrick Prigent, president of “Life for Nice”, Hager Benaouassi, president of the association “Une voix des enfants”, (mother of Kenza), and Stéphane Erbs co-president of the victims’ association “Promenade des Anges”.It was tennis champion Alizé Cornet who passed the torch to them.

He paraded brandishing the torch, walking, with a broad smile. He looks back on this sporting day which resonates like a tribute: “It was important that we were there.”

The presence of all these people overcame any negative emotion. It was a festive moment, a moment of joy, we will see over time if things change little by little in this place.

Philippe Murris, head of the “Mémorial des Anges” association.

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His presence on this Olympic Games course is not due to sport, he knows that well. But other association leaders were highlighted this Tuesday, June 18.

“When we were at the green theater with the athletes, people told us: “we admire what you do (…) the word courage came up all the time!” adds Philippe Murris.

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Strong and symbolic moment on the Promenade des Anglais, victims of the attack of July 14, 2016 brandish the Olympic flame in Nice.

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The couple chose to stay in Nice but, on a daily basis, they carefully avoid the Promenade des Anglais. When they are on their bikes, they go around it, and to go swimming, they prefer to go to the very end, to the Reserve beach.

“In fact, we only went there for the Christmas tree for the angels in December, a ceremony that is close to my heart and also for the commemorations of July 14 and the work of Fondacaro,” he explains. This day of June 18 was very different.

Because the memory of their daughter’s death is permanent, constantly revived by the legal proceedings.

Coincidentally with the calendar, the appeal trial for the Nice attack ended this Thursday, June 13, i.e. 5 days before the passing of the flame. Far from the spirit of the Olympic Games, they spent several weeks in Paris to follow the second trial.

“It was still complicated this year, the atmosphere was different because we were shaken by the defense lawyers who took apart the accusation”, says Philippe Murris.

After the verdict, they learned that the two accused were going to appeal to the Court of Cassation. And, the day before the passing of the flame, they received the 27 pages of motivation from the court which are unambiguous on the guilt of the accused. “Personally, I read them and the next day we had an appointment at the Albert 1st garden for the Olympic flame,” explains Philippe Murris.

After the passing of the flame, there will be other opportunities not to forget the attack of July 14. There will first be the commemoration, which has become traditional, on the Promenade des Anglais.

Then, the Tour de France is due to arrive in Nice on Saturday July 21 on the Promenade des Anglais. Philippe Murris hopes that ” the victims will be honored in the same way.”

And, normally, the end of the investigation into the security aspect of the attack is scheduled for the end of 2024. A never-ending race on the path to truth and resilience.



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