At least 80 people were killed with 18 people seriously injured in the French Riviera city of Nice on Thursday night when a truck rammed into crowds watching a fireworks display on French National Day, known as Bastille Day.
French president Francois Hollande described the attack as a clear terrorist assault and extended the country’s state of emergency for another three months.
“France has been afflicted by this tragedy. The outcome has horrified many. The terrorists used a truck to deliberately kill tens of people who just came to celebrate the 14 July,” said President Hollande.
France has been afflicted by this tragedy. The outcome has horrified many.
Police identified the truck driver as a 31-year-old Tunisian born – Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, who was on the watch list of French intelligence services.
European Council president Donald Tusk expressed consternation that France was attacked on its national day and said the world stands united with the French people.
US President Barack Obama condemned what he said appeared to be a “horrific terrorist attack” and affirmed that the U.S. stands in solidarity and partnership with France, as they respond to and recover from this attack.
The two aspiring U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton also condemned the attack.
Another horrific attack, this time in Nice, France. Many dead and injured. When will we learn? It is only getting worse.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2016
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said three Australians suffered minor injuries while fleeing the scene. He condemned the violence, saying it was a reminder that “no country is immune from terrorist attacks.”
“Every American stands in strong solidarity with the people of France” —Hillary on the attack in Nice pic.twitter.com/BBGgHucSE0— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 15, 2016
Aus Gov condemns Bastille Day attack in Nice. Thoughts with victims, their families and people of France https://t.co/bAAGdFgP3y— Julie Bishop (@JulieBishopMP) July 15, 2016
The UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who has only been in office a matter of days also condemned the attack.
I am shocked and saddened by the horrifying attack in Nice last night. Our hearts go out to the French people: https://t.co/xd0arcO72R— Theresa May (@theresa_may) July 15, 2016