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Europe standing alongside the French after the Nice attack

Minute of silence observed at the ASEM summit plenary (credit: CE)
Minute of silence observed at the ASEM summit plenary (credit: CE)

(BRUSSELS2) Very quickly in the night, after the attack in Nice, which left more than 80 dead (including many children), messages of solidarity and condolence came from all European capitals and beyond. . At ASEM summit, in Oulan Bator (Mongolia), where several European officials and heads of diplomacy from the various Member States were present, a minute of silence was observed. All the ministers present offered their condolences directly to Jean-Marc Ayrault on behalf of their country. the United Nations Security Council to ' condemned "in the strongest way" this cowardly and barbaric terrorist attack ". Several countries (Belgium, Italy, USA, etc.) have activated their crisis center within their ministry or in their embassy, ​​with many foreigners undoubtedly being among the victims.

Our determination as firm as our unity

« France can count on the European Commission to continue to support it and the other States of the European Union in the fight against terrorism inside and outside the European Union. Our determination will remain as firm as our unity. " said Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. " Long live France and its Republic which today is also ours » he adds at the opening of the ASEM summit. (*)

« I am appalled and saddened by the cowardly terrorist attack in Nice. NATO stands in strong solidarity with the people of France. » Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO

The American assistance offer

« 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 » Barack Obama, US President

« On behalf of all Americans, and especially the great many with close ties to France, I offer our deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who were killed and our hopes for a speedy recovery to those who were injured. I was proud to stand alongside French leaders earlier today at Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, and the United States will continue to stand firmly with the French people during this time of tragedy. We will provide whatever support is needed. » indicates John Kerry, US Secretary of State who was in Paris for the July 14 party.

Shocked, Solidarity, United

« I'm shocked by the news from Nice and I'm still worried. My condolences for the victims and the French people » Mariano Rajoy Brey, Spanish Prime Minister, one of the first to react. (*)

« The horror of the attack Nice is difficult to put into words. A national day should have been a day of celebration and not a day of sadness. (…All thoughts are with our French friends. I would like to express the solidarity of all people in Germany with the French, the solidarity of all countries against terrorism. Germany is with many, many others alongside from France, Union in the battle against terrorism » Angela Merkel, German Chancellor. (**)

« Shocked and saddened by the appalling events in Nice, and the terrible loss of life » Boris Johnson, the new British Foreign Secretary.

« Stand up France courage we are all Nicois » Panos Kammenos, Greek Defense Minister. (*)

" (I am cshocked and dismayed by the attack in Nice. A terrible tragedy for Nice & all those (people) affected. My sympathy and strong solidarity with France » Miroslav Lajcak, Slovak Minister of Foreign Affairs (NB: Slovakia holds the rotating presidency of the European Union). (*)

« All my thoughts for the victims of the despicable and cowardly attack in Nice. Solidarity with France. » Charles Michel, Belgian Prime Minister. " Barbarism has still killed and injured innocent people. My thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones. » Didier Reynders, Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs.

« What a barbaric act! Solidarity and thoughts with Nice » Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg.

« It is a tragic paradox that the targets of the attack in Nice, cwere the people who celebrated (the) Liberty, Equality, Fraternity » Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.

« Estonians are with the French on this difficult day » Taavi Roivas, Estonian prime minister

« Our hearts are with France Says Dalia Grybauskaite, the President of Lithuania. " Lithuania shocked & frustrated after tragedy in Nice. Sincere condolences to all people of France. Our prayers with You! »Adds Linas Linkevicius, Lithuanian Foreign Minister.

“My sincere condolences to the French people at this tragic moment, Latvia stands in solidarity with France” Edgars Rinkevičs, Latvian Foreign Minister. (*)

« Shocked by the news coming in from Nice. My thoughts are in France and with our French friends » Juha Sipila, Prime Minister of Finland.

« I strongly condemn any form of terrorism and extremism. Our hearts are with the victims' families and France. » Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia.

« Solidarity with France  »Indicates Joseph Muscat, the Prime Minister of Malta. (*)

« Solidarity and friendship to a great country hit again by terrorist barbarians: we will defeat them together »Indicates Sandro Gozi, Italian Secretary of State for European Affairs. (*)

« More than ever, we must stand together and not be divided by fear (...) Once again the cruel crime (striked) against humanity in Nice. We need more powerful together against the bullets of the terrorism (**) » Bert Koenders, Dutch Foreign Minister.

« Terrible news from Nice. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. » Margot Wallström, Swedish Foreign Minister.

« Terrible news from Nice. My condolences to the families of the many victims. We stand with France in these difficult times » Sebastian Kurz, Austrian Foreign Minister.

« We will remain free. Equals. Brothers. » declares Fabrizia Panzetti, the head of cabinet of the High Representative of the EU. (*)

(Comment transcribed by Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

(*) message written in French

(**) unofficial translation from the original language (German, Dutch) by B2

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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