UN stands "firmly" by France following "massacre"

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN File Photo/Amanda Voisard

A terrorist attack in France in which at least 84 people reportedly died has been condemned at the United Nations in New York.

Media reports describe how the truck was intentionally driven into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day, the country's national day, in the southern city of Nice.

Daniel Dickinson has more details.

Many children were among the 84 dead. According to media reports, the French President speaking on Friday, the day after the attack, said that another 50 people were "between life and death."

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called it a "massacre" and said that he stood firmly by the French Government and people.

And the President of the Security Council Koro Bessho, standing alongside the French ambassador to the UN, had this to say.

"The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the Government of France. The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security."

The driver of the truck was reportedly killed by the police during the attack.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration: 56"

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