When terrorist attacks occur, many look to the leadership of nations around the world to see how they will respond. Following the attack on Bastille Day festivities in Nice, France, President Barack Obama offered the following statement:
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 14, 2016
His statement reads:
“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.
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.”
The president stops just short of declaring the incident a “terrorist attack,” amid reports on French TV calling it terrorism. In the back of the truck the attacker was driving, firearms, grenades, and explosives were discovered, according to CNN.
Obama’s statement comes after a truck drove through a crowd of Bastille Day revelers, leaving 75 dead at most recent count. The driver was later shot by police after he stopped the truck and began firing on the crowd.
French journalist Damien Allemand (Nice Matin) said that the crowd had been gathered by the waterfront to watch a fireworks display. When it ended and everyone got up to leave, the truck came:
“A fraction of a second later, an enormous white truck came along at a crazy speed, turning the wheel to mow down the maximum number of people.
I saw bodies flying like bowling pins along its route. Heard noises, cries that I will never forget.”
President Obama’s statement comes as other political figures have responded. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump offered prayers and condolences:
My prayers and condolences to the victims and families of the terrible tragedy in Nice, France. We are with you in every way!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2016
Paris has opened a terror investigation into one of the worst terrorist attacks in recent times.
Source: independent journal
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