Bastille Day, an important holiday for the people of France commemorating the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, is a normally a day of parade and fireworks. Terror, however, rocked the celebrations in Nice, France, when a truck brutally plowed into the crowd and traveled for more than a mile down the crowded beach promenade. Currently, 84 people have died, including 10 children and teenagers. At least another 202 were injured. The brutal act is being considered an act of terrorism.
On the official Mormon Newsroom website for France, the following statement was released by Church leaders:
Patrick Kearon, Président de l’Eglise de Jésus-Christ des Saints des Derniers Jours pour l’Europe, et les membres de l’Eglise en France se joignent à toutes les personnes de bonne volonté pour exprimer leurs plus sincères condoléances aux familles et amis des victimes du dramatique événement survenu la nuit dernière à Nice. Nous pleurons aujourd’hui alors que nous considérons la tragédie qui vient d’avoir lieu et nous prions pour ceux qui sont touchés, pour leurs familles et leurs proches.
Translated, the statement reads:
Patrick Kearon, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for Europe, and members of the Church in France will join all people of good will to express their deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the tragic event that occurred last night in Nice. We mourn today as we consider the tragedy that has just taken place and we pray for those affected, their families and loved ones.
Patrick Kearon is a General Authority Seventy and is currently serving as President of the Europe Area. The Europe Area is headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, and covers a large geographical area, including most of western Europe.