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NICE, France – World leaders are expressing dismay, sadness and solidarity with France over the attack carried out by a man who drove truck into crowds of people celebrating France's national day in Nice, killing at least 80 people:
President Barack Obama condemned what he said "appears to be a horrific terrorist attack" in Nice.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved-ones of those killed."
Noting that the attack occurred on Bastille Day, Obama praised "the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world."
European Council president Donald Tusk expressed consternation that France was attacked on its national day and said the world stands united with the French people.
"It is a tragic paradox that the victims of the attack people celebrating liberty, quality and fraternity. We will stand united with the families of victims, the French people and the government in the fight against violence and hatred," Tusk said at a meeting of Asian and European leaders in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar.
Premier Li Keqiang said "we strongly condemn terrorism of all forms. We express our condolences to the victims and we will fight all kinds of terrorism."
Foreign Minister Didier Reynders expressed dismay that France was once again the target of an apparent terrorist attack.
"We condemn such an attack, maybe a terrorist attack, but such an attack in France again," he said.
Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said he called his counterparts in France to express his condolences.
"We are very sorry and very much with the French people and the French government," he said in at a meeting of Asian and European leaders in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar.
Prime Minister Taavi Roivs condemned "a terrible attack on innocent people celebrating their national day. Today, we all stand together with the French people."