Statement on attack in Nice, France.

July 15, 2016

Only eight months ago we mourned for the victims of terrorist attacks in Paris. Now once again we mourn for the victims of another murderous act of terror in France overnight, on Bastille Day.

A few hours before, Australian and New Zealand Servicemen and women had led the Bastille Day parade in Paris. One of our great modern ANZACs, the Governor General, General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC represented Australia.

Shortly after the attack in Nice I spoke with Sir Peter as well as the Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key and our Ambassador to France, to confirm their safety and that of our embassy staff and guests. 

Sir Peter and Prime Minister Key spoke to me of their enormous pride in seeing, a hundred years on, the ANZACS of today leading the Bastille Day Parade in Paris - a recognition of the sacrifice and heroism of a century ago and also of our resolute solidarity with the people of France in the struggle against Islamist terrorism today.

Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with the people of France. Our nations are united in freedom’s cause today, just as we were a hundred years ago.

If you are concerned for the welfare of family and friends in the region, you should attempt to contact them directly. If you are unable to contact them and still hold concerns for their welfare, you should call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s 24 hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1 300 555 135, or +61 2 6261 3305 if calling from overseas.

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