President Barack Obama was among the many national leaders who have condemned the deadly terrorist attack in the French Riviera city of Nice, where a terrorist attack has yielded at least 76 dead and dozens more wounded. In a statement released by the White House, Obama said: “I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians.”
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Saying that “I have directed my team to be in touch with French officials,” to offer assistance, Obama added that the American people “stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.”
A truck drove into the Promenade des Anglais in the Mediterranean city, where revelers were celebrating Bastille Day and the French traditions of tolerance and secularism.
Accelerating through the crowds, the truck ran over dozens of hapless people in the darkness. When the truck came to a stop, a gunman emerged and began shooting to death more victims until he was shot down by police. His identity has not yet been released.
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French President Francois Hollande travelled back to Paris from Avignon to confer with his cabinet on an emergency basis. At 1 a.m. local time, French government authorities confirmed that the incident was indeed a terrorist attack.
King Felipe VI of Spain tweeted, “In view of the criminal savagery in Nice, Spain offers its support.” Spain’s Minister of Interior Jorge Fernández Díaz telephone French Prime Minister Manuel Valls to convey his condolences over the attack and to offer assistance. Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García Margallo affirmed today that “everything points to a terrorist attack.” He did not know of any Spanish victims.
Donald Trump announced that he was suspending his planned news conference in which he was expected to announce his vice-presidential pick. He tweeted, “Another horrific attack, this time in Nice, France. Many dead and injured. When will we learn? It is only getting worse.”
Spanish President Mariano Rajoy Brey tweeted, “Overwhelmed by the news coming to us from Nice, which I am following with concern. My condolences to the people of France for the victims.”