World leaders are expressing dismay, sadness and solidarity with France over the attack carried out by a man who drove a truck into crowds of people celebrating France’s national day in Nice, killing at least 80 people.
Here are reactions from some of these leaders:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
“Appalled by the horrific attack in Nice. I strongly condemn such mindless acts of violence. My thoughts are with the families of deceased,” PM Modi said on Twitter.
President Pranab Mukherjee
“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…India stands shoulder to shoulder with the people and Government of France as it responds to this attack…We will strengthen our cooperation with France and other countries in the fight against terrorism…Heartfelt condolences to families of bereaved; prayers for speedy recovery of injured in attack,” the President tweeted.
US President Barack Obama
Obama condemned what he said “appears to be a horrific terrorist attack” in Nice.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved-ones of those killed.”
Noting that the attack occurred on Bastille Day, Obama praised “the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world.”
French President Francois Hollande
President Hollande said he was calling up military and police reservists to relieve forces worn out by an eight-month state of emergency begun after the Islamic State militant group killed 130 people in Paris.
“France is filled with sadness by this new tragedy,” Hollande said. He called the carnage, which came as France celebrated the anniversary of the 1789 revolutionary storming of the Bastille, an attack on liberty by fanatics who despised human rights.
Russian President Vladimir Putin
“I am shocked by the violence and exceptional cynicism” of Thursday’s attack in Nice.
Putin said in a message of condolences to French President Francois Hollande that terrorism can be defeated only if “all civilized mankind pulls efforts together” to fight militants, their leaders as well as targeting their financial backers “wherever they are hiding.”
Putin said Russia is willing to work closely with France and other countries to fight terrorism which is “devoid of any human moral,” as Russia knows what terror is and the threats that it creates for all of us.
New British Prime Minister Theresa May
Though Britain has just upset Paris and other European capitals by voting to leave the European Union, PM Theresa May said Britain stood “shoulder to shoulder” with France.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve
“We are at war with terrorists who want to strike us at any cost and in an extremely violent way,” said Cazeneuve.
Canadian President Justin Trudeau
“Canadians are shocked by tonight’s attack in Nice. Our sympathy is with the victims, and our solidarity with the French people,” he tweeted.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
“Shocked and saddened by the appalling events in Nice, and the terrible loss of life,” said Johnson.
US Secretary of State John Kerry
Secretary of State John Kerry called it a “horrendous attack in Nice. … I was proud to stand alongside French leaders earlier today at Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, and the United States will continue to stand firmly with the French people during this time of tragedy.”
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump
Trump, who postponed plans to announce his vice presidential pick because of the attacks, said “this is war. If you look at it, this is war coming from all different parts. And frankly it’s war and we’re dealing with people without uniforms.”
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
Clinton said that “every American stands in strong solidarity with the people of France, and we say with one voice: We will not be intimidated. We will never allow terrorists to undermine the egalitarian and democratic values that underpin our very way of life.”
European Council president Donald Tusk
“It is a tragic paradox that the victims of the attack people celebrating liberty, quality and fraternity. We will stand united with the families of victims, the French people and the government in the fight against violence and hatred,” Tusk said at a meeting of Asian and European leaders in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang
Premier Li Keqiang said “we strongly condemn terrorism of all forms. We express our condolences to the victims and we will fight all kinds of terrorism.”
Belgium Foreign Minister Didier Reynders
“We condemn such an attack, maybe a terrorist attack, but such an attack in France again,” he said.
Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo
Garcia-Margallo said he called his counterparts in France to express his condolences.
“We are very sorry and very much with the French people and the French government,” he said in at a meeting of Asian and European leaders in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar.
Japanese Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga
“Japan also aims to strengthen its counter-terrorism measurements to ensure safety of Japan.”
Estonia Prime Minister Taavi Roivs
Roivs condemned “a terrible attack on innocent people celebrating their national day. Today, we all stand together with the French people.”
(With inputs from Associated Press)
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