Eight to go on trial over 2016 Nice truck attack

STORY: Seven men and one woman will go on trial on Monday (September 5) over the 2016 Bastille Day attack in the French city of Nice.

Eighty-six people were killed and hundreds injured by a gunman who drove a heavy truck into a crowd of thousands gathered to watch fireworks.

The gunman, responsible for one of the deadliest massacres in peacetime France, was shot dead by police on the spot.

Prosecutors say the accused helped 31-year-old Tunisian-born Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel get weapons, rent the truck or survey the route he took for his deadly rampage.

They face between five years in jail to a life sentence.

Islamic State claimed responsibility a few days after the attack, but offered no proof that the perpetrator had direct contact with the group.

"For those fathers who were grieving, for those families who lost a child, it's harder for them. And the families, they try to move forward, but it's not easy, they're working to move on psychologically, but it's not easy. That's difficult, even six years later."

Jean-Claude Hubler, who was there on July 14th, chairs the Life for Nice victims' association.

"Some people are hoping the trial will help them move forward. Some are so angry that for them, the trial will not lead to anything significant."

The trial will take place in the central Paris courtroom that was specially built for the November 2015 attacks case.

The verdict is expected in December.