Following the attack on a Bastille Day parade in the French seaside town of Nice, where a man driving a truck deliberately ran over dozens of people and killed at least 84, heads of state and other prominent leaders across the world expressed their outrage and condolences.
French President François Hollande wrote on Twitter that his country was “bereaved and afflicted” but stronger than “the fanatics that want to strike her today,” a sentiment he would later repeat in an address to the nation.
U.S. President Barack Obama strongly condemned the “horrific terrorist attack” and offered his assistance to the French authorities.
Other leaders to express their condolences included India’s Narendra Modi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull.
China’s President Xi Jinping sent a message to Hollande “strongly condemning” the attack, according to state-run People’s Daily, while Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying issued a statement expressing his “deepest sympathies” with the French people.
Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump also issued statements, with Trump postponing the announcement of his choice of running mate due to the attack.
Several other leaders, including Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, also took to Twitter to express their condolences.