Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte and king Willem-Alexander have reacted with shock to Thursday’s attack in the French resort of Nice.
At least 84 people were killed, including many children, when a lorry ploughed through the crowd out watching fireworks during Bastille Day celebrations.
‘It is terrible to see that dozens of people, innocent citizens, have again been affected by a deadly attack,’ Rutte said in a statement. ‘Our thoughts are with the victims, their relatives and with the French people and their leaders, who are again being tested to the limit.’
Crime against humanity
Foreign minister Bert Koenders spoke of ‘yet another terrible crime against humanity’. ‘We must make an even bigger effort to combat the epidemic of terrorist violence,’ he said.
King Willem-Alexander said on Facebook: ‘Our heart goes out to the victims of the Nice attack. France was hit hard on a day of national celebration. Our thoughts are with all those in mourning for their loved ones…’
It is not yet know if any Dutch nationals are among the victims.
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