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Flag flys at half mast in Birmingham to remember Nice victims

Flag flys at half mast in Birmingham to remember Nice victims Credit: Birmingham Newsroom

The French flag has been lowered to half-mast outside the Birmingham City Council House as a mark of respect following last night's attack in Nice.

84 people have been killed, several of them children, after a lorry ploughed into crowds celebrating France's national Bastille Day in Nice.

Francois Hollande says it was a "terrorist attack" and has extended the country's state of emergency.

Bullet holes are seen on the lorry that was driven into crowds at the Bastille Day celebration Credit: Reuters

Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Carl Rice has sent the following message to President Hollande:

I am shocked and saddened by last night’s horrifying and sickening attack during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice. Our hearts go out to the French people, and to all those who lost loved ones.

These were innocent victims enjoying the celebrations of French National Day, celebrating the core values of “liberty, equality and fraternity”.

On behalf of the people of Birmingham, I extend deepest sympathies for the many victims killed and injured and offer condolences to their families and friends.

Our thoughts are with the people of France today.

– Councillor Carl Rice
Ambulances and police at the scene of the attack Credit: Reuters

Leader of Birmingham City Council Councillor John Clancy sent the following message to the Mayor of Nice Philippe Pradal.

I am writing from our city to yours to express deep sorrow and sympathy at this time of great sadness.

The people of Birmingham stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Nice and you are in our thoughts and hearts following the horrific attack.

Europe’s great cities stand for liberté, égalité, fraternité and an attack on your city is an attack on all who hold dear the principles of freedom, equality and solidarity.

Today you are in our prayers and I know your city will not be defeated by those who seek to destroy all that we hold dear. My deepest sympathies.

– Councillor John Clancy