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Chief Minister: We stand ready to help France

Candles are lit outside the French Embassy in London Photo: Hannah McKay / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Jersey's Chief Minister has condemned the 'despicable' attack on Nice last night, saying the island stands ready to help in any way.

Senator Ian Gorst says Jersey has 'a deep and longstanding relationship' with France and he has already written to the French President to express 'profound sadness'.

At least 84 people have been killed after a lorry drove into crowds during Bastille Day celebrations.

It's the third major terrorist attack that has happened in the country in 18 months.

Senator Gorst said he feels 'the horror and shock that has been felt across the world'.

I share the horror and shock that has been felt across the world following the appalling attack in Nice last night. As an Island, we have a deep and long standing relationship with our neighbours in France, and we stand ready to help in any way that we can. I have written to the French President to express our profound sadness at this cowardly, despicable act, which was perpetrated on a day that should have been a joyful celebration for the people of France.

– Senator Ian Gorst, Chief Minister Jersey

The island's Assistant Chief Minister spoke to ITV News this afternoon.

Senator Philip Ozouf said 'people being mown down and killed...on the very day when France is celebrating freedom and liberty is just atrocious'.

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