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Scotland's papers: Nice terror and Theresa May heads to Scotland

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Many of Scotland's front pages were printed before news of the terrorist attack in Nice broke. However, the Daily Record says at least 84 people have been killed in southern France, after a truck drove into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day.

The earlier edition of The Scottish Sun puts the number at 77 and says the lorry ploughed through crowds "like a bowling ball" for more than a mile as families and friends watched the annual fireworks display on the streets of Nice.

In other news, The Herald front page writes that Theresa May will visit Scotland in her first official engagement as prime minister in a clear indication of the strength of her commitment to maintaining the "special Union".

The National reports on speculation that the two leaders will clash over the question of a possible second independence referendum.

Theresa May spent the first full day of her premiership clearing out her ministerial team in a sweeping reshuffle that leaves no doubt about the new prime minister's authority, and decisively breaks with the past, says The Scotsman.

Mrs May "scythed through David Cameron's allies" in a bloody cull that consigned nine members of his former cabinet to the back benches, writes The Times.

The Scottish Daily Express claims that the new prime minister's decision to come north of the border less than 48 hours after entering No 10 underlines her determination to keep the "precious" Union together.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Daily Mail writes that Mrs May is using her first official visit as prime minister to try to persuade Scotland that there is nothing to fear in a post-Brexit UK.

Golf legend Colin Montgomerie has reportedly told the Daily Star of Scotland that he "nearly stopped playing at The Open" because of the smell of bacon at the seventh hole.

A "true family man" from Sutherland has died after being crushed under his own car in a home workshop, reports The Press and Journal.

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