Truck driver Christophe Lyon is now preparing to take three generations of his family home later this week, before burying them in two separate funeral services.
He took part in a poignant silent walk to remember his loved ones close to his home in Gattieres, southern France – just hours after French rugby legend and former secretary of state Bernard Laporte, 52, personally rang him to express his condolences.
Mr Lyon travelled to Nice on Thursday with his Italian-born wife Veronique, 55, son Michael, 28, an economics teacher, and in-laws Francois Locatelli, 82, and Christiane Locatelli, 78.
They then met up for a special reunion with his own parents Gisele, 63, and Germain, 68, who were holidaying in the French Riviera on Thursday.
But just hours later he watched on helpless as all six were mown down by truck terrorist Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel after watching the Bastille Day fireworks display on Nice’s Promenade des Anglais.
Such a tragedy.