Newspaper headlines: Lorry attack 'carnage' and May's 'bold' cabinet

After terror, carnage and death came once more to the streets of France, later editions of Friday's front pages report on the scores of people killed and carry images of the white lorry that was driven into crowds in the southern city of Nice.

"70 die in truck hell," reads the Sun headline, after the vehicle "ploughed through crowds for a mile".

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"Holidaymakers and locals were strolling along the beachfront enjoying a Bastille Day fireworks display when the attack occurred at 10.30 pm," reports the Daily Telegraph.

The paper says the lorry was reportedly being driven at speeds of up to 50 mph when, according to a witness, it "mounted the pavement and zig-zagged through the crowd".

"The lorry of about 20 tonnes weaved through the crowd of thousands," is how the Times puts it.

The paper quotes a witness as saying: "It was insane. Like a nightmare. It was swerving left and right obviously trying to kill as many as possible."

'Mass panic'

Dozens of people were also injured in the attack before the driver of the truck was reportedly shot dead by police.

"Bodies littered the ground near the beach as police tried to calm mass panic," the Telegraph says.

"Police and counter-terrorism forces cleared the streets, shouting to people to shelter indoors."

The papers report that French President Francois Hollande cut short a visit to the southern city of Avignon and flew back to Paris to direct the response to the attack.

No group has so far claimed to have carried out what appears, says the Times, "to be the biggest attack since Islamist gunmen and suicide bombers murdered 130 people in Paris on November 13".

The paper adds that the French government has repeatedly warned of the likelihood of further large-scale attacks "despite intense police efforts to track people linked with the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria and Iraq".

"75 killed by terrorist in a truck," says the Daily Mirror front page, and Mr Hollande later confirmed that the attack was of a "terrorist nature".


Harry's test

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A video of Prince Harry being given an HIV test at a clinic in central London has been viewed more than a million times on Facebook, the Daily Mail reports.

The visit was part of a campaign to highlight HIV and Aids and reduce stigma, "echoing the awareness work of his mum Diana", says the Sun.

The prince joked he was nervous before the finger-prick test, but was reassured the result was negative moments later.


'Day of the long stiletto'

With the new prime minister having finalised the make-up of her government top team on Thursday, the aspect gaining most attention in Friday's papers is that it is, in the words of the Daily Telegraph, a "state school Cabinet".

In being 70% state-educated, it has the "the lowest proportion of privately educated ministers since Clement Attlee's Labour post-war Government of 1945", the Telegraph says, as well as being the most state-educated Conservative cabinet ever.

This "Cabinet of sheer talent" shows, say some backbenchers and ministers, Theresa May's commitment to deliver on the pledge made on arrival in Downing Street two days ago that she would govern not just "for a privileged few".

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The Times agrees that Mrs May's cabinet line-up "put substance behind her One Nation rhetoric". Former miner Patrick McLoughlin "led a charge of blue-collar Conservatives" in becoming party chairman, the paper says, while Justine Greening becomes "the first education secretary to have had all her secondary education at a comprehensive".

With there no longer being any place in government for the likes of George Osborne, Michael Gove, John Whittingdale, Nicky Morgan and Oliver Letwin, the Daily Mail calls it Theresa's "day of the long stiletto".

It was the "most brutal day of top-level sackings in modern history", the Mail says, with which the new prime minister "brushed aside the David Cameron regime".

She "drew a decisive line under the Cameron era", agrees the Guardian, adding that some of Mrs May's MPs had seen her as "a continuity candidate who would build on the record of the Cameron governments" and were left "stunned by the radical reboot".

'Watch your language'

It seems that stunned might be about the best reaction felt in other parts of the world to the appointment of Boris Johnson as foreign secretary, with the Guardian describing the international response as "overwhelmingly negative".

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The Telegraph says: "European leaders have responded with dismay" and "the US state department took the extraordinary step of of warning Mr Johnson to be 'sensible'".

It goes on: "Even the Kremlin, not averse to issuing icy threats to foreign powers, said Mr Johnson must watch his language."

The Guardian's David Smith, in Washington, writes that Mr Johnson "arrives in post with unusually heavy baggage".

The Times has even drawn up a destination list for Mr Johnson in case he should decide to embark on a global "apology tour".


Dad rock

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Rolling Stone Mick Jagger is to become a father for the eighth time at the age of 72, the Sun reports.

The news comes two months after bandmate Ronnie Wood became a father again - to twins. (Just as well he's still only in his late 60s.)

The Sun reports that the Stones have 18 children between the four of them. Drummer Charlie Watts has just one of those, though, so presumably makes himself available to help the others out with babysitting.

Jagger also has five grandchildren, and recently became a great-grandfather.

The band's hits include (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.


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