On Thursday night, a man deliberately drove a cargo truck into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, an area popular with tourists in the Riviera resort. The attack left at least 84 people dead, 18 in critical condition and injured many.
The killer was a 31-year-old French citizen born in Tunisia. Police shot and killed the driver and found firearms, explosives and grenades in the truck.
“On behalf of the international tourism community, UNWTO conveys its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims and expresses its full solidarity with the people and the Government of France” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.
“Nice is, and will continue to be, one of the leading tourism destinations in France and in the world. In the face of these forces of darkness, we must more than ever remain united to fight this global threat”, he added.
“It is with great sadness that the world hears of another attack in France. We express our heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of the victims of this callous attack. France is the natural home of international tourism – the most visited destination in the world. With this attack on its day of national celebration of the principles of liberty, equality, and brotherhood – the same principles championed by Travel & Tourism – our sector stands in unity with the people of Nice and France”, said David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC.
“Les hommes de tous les pays sont frères, celui qui opprime une seule nation se déclare l’ennemi de toutes” (Men of all countries are brothers , one who oppresses one nation declares himself the enemy of all). – Robespierre