Bastille Day, a day that is celebrated for France's independence will now also be a day of mourning as a terrorist attack erupted last night in Nice, France, killing at least 84.
According to AP, as a result of the tragedy, the French president of the region that includes Nice has announced the cancellation of a Rihanna concert, as well as the Nice Jazz Fest, which was scheduled to begin on Saturday and included performances by Massive Attack, George Clinton, Robert Plant, Gallant, The Cinematic Orchestra, and more.
President Barack Obama released the following statement:
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.
An American who was in Nice at the time of the attack describes what happened via the video below:
[photo via AP]
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