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South Africa condemns the terrorist attacks in the Republic of France

The South African Government joins the international community in strongly condemning the cowardly terrorist attacks that took place on Thursday, 14 July 2016, in the French city of Nice during Bastille Day celebrations, which resulted in the deaths of 80 people, including children, and leaving scores injured.

On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, H. E. President Jacob Zuma has extended his heartfelt condolences to H. E. President Francois Hollande, the Government and the people of France, in particular the families of the deceased and injured.

President Zuma said: “South Africa shares in the grief of the French people and wishes the injured survivors a speedy recovery. Terrorism in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned."

“South Africa stands firmly with the international community in condemning all forms of terrorism and stands in solidarity with the Government of the Republic of France as they mourn the death of their citizens.”

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s Consular Services division is in contact with the South African Embassy in Paris following the attacks to determine if any South African citizens have been affected.

South Africans in France or family members in South Africa requiring assistance are requested to contact the South African Embassy in Paris or the Department  of International Relations and Cooperation at  +27 12 351 1000.

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

15 July 2016