Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released the following statement on Thursday’s attack in Nice, France:
“I was heartbroken to learn of the many dozens of innocent victims who were killed or injured as a result of today’s terrorist attack that targeted Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France.
“On behalf of all Canadians, I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed. We also wish a speedy recovery to the many more that were injured.
“Canada and France are the closest of friends, and we stand by the French people as they face this terrible ordeal. We have offered all possible assistance to the French Government.
“Senseless acts like this one are not isolated events, and we will continue to work with our Allies and partners to fight terrorism in all of its forms. We will bring those who are responsible to justice, whether they be the perpetrators, or those involved in funding or organizing such attacks.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of France at this very difficult time. We mourn the loss of so many innocent victims.”
The attack came as France celebrated Bastille Day. Estimates put the death toll at 84 people. The attacker identified as a Tunisian-Born Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel was killed by police. Bouhlel has no known ties to terrorism.
French President Francois Hollande announced earlier in the day he would be lifting the State of Emergency July 23, declared following the November, 2015 attacks in Paris. The Nice attack has prompted its extension other three months.
The federal government is still in the process of determining if there were any Canadians impacted by the attack. Anyone in the area are asked to contact the Canadian Embassy/ Consulate, click here for locations. The Global Affairs Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre collect at: +1 613 996-8885 or: 1-800-387-3124. They can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.