French use hashtag to open doors, hearts to victims of Nice terror attack

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The French are opening their hearts and doors to victims of Thursday's terror attack and their loved ones, once again using a social media campaign to spread the word on where to get help.

The hashtag #PortesOuvertesNice – which translates to "Open Doors Nice," is circulating on Facebook and Twitter as a way to offer people a place to stay, free taxis and to post about people who are missing or have been found safe.

At least 84 people were killed when a terrorist identified as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel plowed a truck through crowds gathered on a seaside promenade to watch Bastille Day fireworks, then opened fire at horrified citizens and tourists.

The Open Doors campaign began after the Paris terror attacks last November last year, when the hashtag #PortesOuvertes was used to help those in need in the city.

A message accompanying the social media campaign advises: “Stay home. You can use #PortesOuvertesNice for refuge and to find a safe place on Facebook.”

While early usage of the hashtag mainly carried offers for shelter, the hashtag has since been used by many people when offering their sympathies.

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