Both Bono and The Edge have homes in the south of France (Bono’s place is in the nearby town of Eze). Bono spent the evening of Bastille Day with friends on the restaurant terrace of La Petite Maison hotel along the Promenade des Anglais seafront road in Nice. Then Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel went on his horrific slaughter with a 19-ton truck.
Also in the hotel was the mayor of Nice and restaurateur Alain Ducasse.
The owner immediately shepherded everyone on the terrace inside, drew the shutters and ordered everyone to duck and cover. When the carnage ended, armed police entered the restaurant telling patrons to put their hands on their heads because there was great concern that the nearby Meridien hotel was under siege from terrorists and that bombs had been planted in the area. Once it was determined there were no issues, everyone was led by police to a nearby square.
This is the second time in less than a year that Bono has been in the same area as a terrorist attack in France. Remember that U2 was rehearsing in Paris for a couple of nights on the Innocence + Experience tour when the attack happened on the Bataclan.