Australians are shocked by reports of the horrific attack in Nice, France.
Our hearts go out to the loved ones of those who have lost their lives and our thoughts are with the injured.
In this new moment of sorrow, we stand in solidarity with our great friends, the French people, against this terrible violence. A crime aimed at the innocent people of France, perpetrated on their national day.
Bastille Day has always been an occasion to celebrate the powerful belief the French people have in democracy - the struggle and sacrifice with which they achieved it, and the enduring power of the words Liberté, égalité, fraternité.
These values, infinitely stronger and richer than the hate-filled ideology of those who seek to strike against the French Republic, have stood the test of time. They will prevail.
We urge Australians to follow the advice of our Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Australians that need help, or are concerned about the safety of their loved ones, can call the Australian Government's 24 hour emergency consular helpline on 1300 555 135 (within Australia), +61 2 6261 3305 (outside Australia), +61 421 269 080 (by SMS).
FRIDAY, 15 JULY 2016