President Pranab Mukherjee strongly condemned the terror attack in France, saying the pre-meditated massacre of innocent people, including many children, was an unspeakable crime. 84 people have been killed in French city of Nice after an explosive-laden truck rammed into a crowd.
In a letter to French President François Hollande, President Mukherjee conveyed condolences on the loss of lives in the heinous act of terror. India stands beside people of France with solidarity and sympathy, the President said.
Condemning the attack, Vice President Md. Hamid Ansari said that “no grievance can justify such dastardly acts” that have threatened open and pluralistic societies.
Speaking at the Plenary Session of the 11th ASEM Summit in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the Vice President of India joined others leaders in offering its condolences to the Government and people of France.
“I am pained by the terrible attack in Nice, France. My thoughts are with those whose loved ones have been killed in the attack. No grievance can justify such dastardly acts,” he said.
“International Terrorism threatens all open and plural societies and we need concerted international efforts to face this challenge. We stand with the people and Government of France in their hour of grief and pray for the bereaved families and the early recovery of the injured,” VP Ansari said concluding his condolences.
Besides President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi strongly condemned the terror attack in France.
“Appalled by the horrific attack in Nice. I strongly condemn such mindless acts of violence. My thoughts are with the families of deceased,” the Prime Minister shared his thoughts on Twitter, adding further that “India shares the pain & stands firmly with our French sisters & brothers in this hour of immense sadness”.
“I am deeply pained to learn that France is once again afflicted by a major tragedy caused by a heinous act of terror last evening… The pre-meditated massacre of innocent people as they were participating in Bastille Day celebrations – including, sadly, many children, is an unspeakable crime,” Congress president Sonia Gandhi said.