World leaders, celebrities react to tragedy in Nice

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Friday, July 15, 2016
French President Francois Hollande, center, with Prime Minister Manuel Valls, left, and Minister of Health Marisol Touraine delivers a speech the day after the Bastille Day attack.
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At least 84 people are dead in Nice, France after a truck drove through a crowd of people who had been watching Bastille Day fireworks on Thursday night. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, which is being investigated by the Paris anti-terrorism prosecutor's office.

France's president, Francois Hollande, addressed the country early Friday to condemn the attacks.

"It is France as a whole which is threatened by Islamist terrorism. In such circumstances, we must show our absolute vigilance and determination," he said. "France is strong. France will always be stronger than the fanatics who want to strike France today."

As news of the tragedy spread, celebrities, politicians and notable figures around the world expressed their condolences and reflected on the attack.


British Prime Minister Theresa May

European Council President Donald Tusk

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau


At a Star Wars event in London, host Gwendoline Christie took a moment of silence.

"It's impossible for us to sit here at celebration...without thinking of the terrible events that happened not far from here," the Game of Thrones and The Force Awakens star said. "Our hearts go out to the people in Nice, France."

Rihanna posted on Instagram, "Due to the tragic events in #Nice, my concert scheduled for tomorrow July 15 at Allianz Stadium will not be going ahead as planned. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families."

ABC News contributed to this report.