President Obama condemns 'horrific' truck attack in France

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is condemning what he says "appears to be a horrific terrorist attack" in Nice, France.

Obama says, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed."

Noting that the attack occurred on Bastille Day, Obama is praising "the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world."

The White House released Obama's statement a few hours after a truck drove onto the sidewalk and plowed through a crowd of revelers who'd gathered to watch fireworks late Thursday. The president of the Nice region says at least 60 people have been killed.

Obama is offering French officials "any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice."

Statement by the President on the Attack in Nice, France

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.

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