Italy condemns ‘cowardly’ knife attack in French city of Nice

Italy condemns 'cowardly' knife attack in French city of Nice
French police and firefighters secure the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice following the attack on Thursday morning. Photo: AFP
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte condemned the attack that left three dead at a church in the southern French city of Nice on Thursday morning.
“The cowardly attack… will not shake the common front defending the values of freedom and peace,” Conte posted on Twitter.
 
“Our convictions are stronger than fanaticism, hatred and terror.”
 
 
Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio also condemned the attack and voiced support for France.
 
“Italy expresses profound condolences for the barbarous Nice attack,” Di Maio tweeted. “We are close to the French people and to the pain of the families of the victims.”
 
“Italy repudiates all forms of extremism and remains at France's side in the fight against terrorism and all violent radicalism”.
 

French terrorism prosecutors opened an investigation after the attack at a church in the southern French city of Nice left at least three dead and several people injured.

 
 
The attack took place at the Notre-Dame church in the southern city of Nice around 9am on Thursday morning.
 
Local police detained the suspected attacker quickly after the event, Mayor Christian Estrosi said.
 
French terror prosecutors later confirmed that a terror probe had been opened following the knife attack.

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