More than 80 people are dead after a truck tore through Bastille Day celebrations in the French coastal city of Nice. Witnesses say the driver careened down the Promenade des Anglais, swerving to hit as many people as possible. At least 10 children are among those killed.
Gov. Charlie Baker, in Iowa for a National Governors Association conference on the opioid crisis, issued a statement Friday morning in the wake of the attack, expressing solidarity with the French people.
“Our hearts break to again see images of terror on our televisions as innocent people were targeted while going about their day,” Baker said. “Our nation stands with the people of France as they celebrate their independence, and mourn the dead and pray for the injured and their families.”
Bastille Day celebrations in the Back Bay this weekend, organized by the French Cultural Center, will continue as scheduled. In a Facebook post, the center said their “thoughts are with the families and friends who are grieving and the victims who are recovering from this terrible attack.”
“The French are a strong and proud people, and on Bastille Day, we know they will unite to overcome this horrific attack, find those responsible and defend the democratic way of life we both share,” Baker said.
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