On the Attack in Nice, France

On July 14, a truck drove into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, killing at least 84 people in what French authorities have called a terrorist attack. Two American citizens were among those lost.

Upon learning of the attack, President Barack Obama released a statement condemning the attack and offering condolences to the families and loved ones of those affected. "On behalf of the American people, 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. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed, and we wish a full recovery for the many wounded. I have directed my team to be in touch with French officials, and we have offered any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice. We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack," he said. "On this Bastille Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world, and we know that the character of the French Republic will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life."

Secretary of State John Kerry also released a statement offering his condolences and reaffirming the United States' unity with the leaders and people of France. "On behalf of all Americans, and especially the great many with close ties to France, I offer our deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who were killed and our hopes for a speedy recovery to those who were injured. 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. We will provide whatever support is needed. Our embassy in Paris is making every effort to account for the welfare of U.S. citizens in Nice. Any U.S. citizens in Nice should contact friends and family directly to inform them of their well being."
 
On July 15, while traveling in Russia, Secretary Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited an impromptu memorial outside the French Embassy in Moscow. They each laid a bouquet of roses in memory of the victims of the terrorist truck attack in Nice, France. The two leaders also signed a condolence book at the French Embassy in Moscow.

As a mark of respect for the victims of the attack, today President Obama ordered that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff at the White House, all public buildings and grounds in the United States and at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world until July 19, 2016. 

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Eric J.
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New Mexico, USA
July 16, 2016
Words are utterly inadequate....
Secretary Kerry lays a bouquet of roses at a memorial outside the French Embassy in Moscow.
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