— Birmingham Newsroom (@BCCNewsRoom) July 15, 2016
Following last night’s attack in Nice, Lord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Carl Rice has sent the following message to President Hollande
“I am shocked and saddened by last night’s horrifying and sickening attack during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice.
“Our hearts go out to the French people, and to all those who lost loved ones.
“These were innocent victims enjoying the celebrations of French National Day, celebrating the core values of “liberty, equality and fraternity”.
“On behalf of the people of Birmingham, I extend deepest sympathies for the many victims killed and injured and offer condolences to their families and friends.
“Our thoughts are with the people of France today.”
Leader of Birmingham City Council Cllr John Clancy sent the following message to the Mayor of Nice Philippe Pradal.
Dear Monsieur Pradal
I am writing from our city to yours to express deep sorrow and sympathy at this time of great sadness.
The people of Birmingham stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Nice and you are in our thoughts and hearts following the horrific attack.
Europe’s great cities stand for liberté, égalité, fraternité and an attack on your city is an attack on all who hold dear the principles of freedom, equality and solidarity.
Today you are in our prayers and I know your city will not be defeated by those who seek to destroy all that we hold dear.
My deepest sympathies.
Cllr John Clancy (Leader of Birmingham City Council)
The French flag has been lowered to half-mast outside the Council House as a mark of respect.
Update – Monday 18 July 2016
There will be a national one minute silence today, Monday 18 July at 11:00 GMT in memory of those who lost their lives in last week’s terrorist attack in Nice.
The Lord Mayor, Cllr Carl Rice, will be joined by the Leader, Cllr John Clancy, and Rev Peter Sellick from Birmingham Cathedral in observing the silence from outside the Council House and people are invited to join him.