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World leaders react to the attack in Nice

The attack was of an 'undeniable terrorist nature', a sombre Hollande said in a televised national address, confirming that several children were among the dead as families came together to celebrate France's national day. Photograph: (Getty)

AFP Paris, France Jul 15, 2016, 05.01 AM (IST)
Politicians from around the world have reacted with horror after a truck smashed into a crowd in the French resort of Nice, killing at least 80 as they watched a Bastille Day fireworks display.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack in a series of tweets. 

"Appalled by the horrific attack in Nice. I strongly condemn such mindless acts of violence. My thoughts are with the families of deceased," he tweeted. "I hope the injured recover soon. India shares the pain & stands firmly with our French sisters & brothers in this hour of immense sadness."

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee wrote on twitter, "I am shocked to hear about the terrorist attack on an innocent crowd of people gathered to celebrate the Bastille Day in Nice, France."

"I strongly condemn the perpetrators of the terrorist attack in France."

NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg tweeted: "I am appalled and saddened by the cowardly terrorist attack in Nice. NATO stands in strong solidarity with the people of France."

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev took to facebook to express his condolences to the people of Nice, France.

He wrote, "My deepest condolences to the French, to all the victims and relatives of those killed in the horrific terrorist attack in Nice."

"Terrorism has no borders and is a common challenge for both Europe and Asia. We must work together to find common answers to such challenges, to show solidarity, to do everything we can to fight against terrorism."

US President Barack Obama condemned what he said appeared to be a "horrific terrorist attack". 

"We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack," he said in a statement.

"On this Bastille Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world."

US secretary of State John Kerry, who had been in Paris earlier in the day for a Bastille Day parade, said: "The United States will continue to stand firmly with the French people during this time of tragedy. We will provide whatever support is needed."

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter: "Canadians are shocked by tonight's attack in Nice. Our sympathy is with the victims and our solidarity with the French people."

A spokesman for new British Prime Minister Theresa May called the attack "a terrible incident", adding "we are shocked and concerned". 

Boris Johnson, whose first engagement as Britain's new foreign secretary was at the French ambassador's Bastille Day party in London, said on Twitter: "Shocked and saddened by the appalling events in Nice, and the terrible loss of life."
 
European Council President Donald Tusk called it "a sad day for France, for Europe". He said it was "tragic" that "the subjects of the attack were people celebrating liberty, equality, and fraternity." 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang offered his "condolences" to the victims and said China opposed all forms of terrorism.

The United Nations Security Council called the attack "barbaric and cowardly". 

(AFP and WION)
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