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Statement by Foreign Minister Steinmeier on the attack in Nice

19.07.2016 - Press release

Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement today (19 July) on the attack in Nice:

"Unfortunately, what we feared and had to presume has become a sad certainty: the terrible attack in Nice last week also claimed the lives of a teacher and two of her pupils from Berlin. Another pupil was injured. She is receiving medical treatment and is no longer in a critical condition

This news is a shock for us all. We grieve with the families, relatives and friends who have lost their loved ones in this brutal act of terrorism. At this difficult time our thoughts and our hearts go out to all those who are suffering from the consequences of the attack. We wish those who have been injured a speedy and full recovery.

This horrific attack shows that terrorism targets everyone indiscriminately. So our message is this: we refuse to be intimidated and continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our European and international partners in the fight against hate, violence and terrorism. I spoke to my French friend and colleague Jean‑Marc Ayrault in Brussels yesterday and assured him of our support."

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