Canadian political leaders have joined the rest of the world in expressing shock and outrage over the deaths of at least 84 people in Nice, France after a truck loaded with weapons plowed into a crowd of people last night.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted Canada’s support for France, expressing sympathy for the victims and our solidarity with the French people.
Trudeau added in a statement that Canada has offered “all possible assistance to the French government.”
Lawrence Cannon, the Canadian ambassador to France, tweeted this morning that there are “no Canadians reported among casualties to date.”
For his part, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion issued a statement saying Canada condemns this “horrific terrorist attack” and that Canadians are deeply saddened by this tragedy.
Similar sentiments were expressed by Opposition leader Rona Ambrose, N-D-P Leader Thomas Mulcair, B-C Premier Christy Clark, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and others.
The truck plowed through a crowd of Bastille Day revellers who’d gathered to watch fireworks in the French resort city.
Montreal teacher Heloise Landry is visiting the French city and says she narrowly escaped being hit by the truck.
She told The Canadian Press she was watching the festivities when she ducked indoors because of the cool weather, then heard panicked screams and says “there was blood everywhere.”
Landry said she has crossed the street where the truck had passed just two minutes earlier and was left to wonder how she is still alive.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has condemned the Nice attack and called for a “redoubling” of efforts to defeat violent extremists.
The new prime minister called the attack “horrifying” and said; “We must redouble our efforts to defeat these brutal murderers who want to destroy our way of life.”
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said it is believed that a Briton was injured in the attack. Foreign Office officials say they have not yet confirmed that report.
U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby says two Americans were among those killed in Nice on Thursday when a large truck plowed through a crowd gathered for fireworks.
Kirby didn’t identify the individuals by name, citing privacy concerns.
He says the U.S. is providing assistance to those affected by the attack, while the embassy tries to account for all Americans in the Mediterranean city.