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Obama condemns ‘horrific’ truck attack in France

French officials stood next to a truck that plowed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice.Eric Gaillard/REUTERS

WASHINGTON — 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.’’