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Here is the heartbreaking weekend front page of Le Monde

After an unidentified French man of Tunisian descent killed 84 people and injured at least 100 Thursday night in an attack during Bastille Day celebrations, French newspapers scrambled to cover the news by morning. Le Monde, one of France's most widely circulated newspapers, featured a stark photo on its weekend edition front page, showing a man who seems to be engaged in hopeless prayer over the body of one of the victims:

The newspaper also reported that French President François Hollande claimed that 50 people are in critical condition. The attack occurred after a man drove a truck loaded with explosives into a crowd of people gathered on Nice's Promenade des Anglais to watch a fireworks display; he drove for more than a mile before being killed by police.

This type of front page is becoming all too familiar in France, where five major terrorist attacks have occurred in the past year and a half, beginning with the Charlie Hebdo massacre in January 2015, which killed 12 people. More recently, the string of attacks in and around Paris last November killed 130 and wounded hundreds more. No radical group has claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack, and it is unclear whether the man acted alone.