Attack in Nice: Condolences


Consulat Général de France à Chicago

Thank you very much for sending us your message of condolences regarding the attack perpetrated in Nice on July 14, 2016 to

Merci beaucoup de nous adresser votre message de condoléances suite à l’attaque perpétrée à Nice le 14 juillet 2016 à

Letter from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to Consul General Vincent Floreani. July 15, 2016

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As Mayor and on behalf of the City of Chicago, I wish to extend congratulations to you and the French Community as you celebrate Bastille Day and express my deepest condolences on the loss of innocent lives in the Nice terror attack.

Bastille Day is very important to French independence, as it marks the beginning of the French people’s journey towards democracy. Using the motto of “liberté, égalité, et fraternité”, the French demanded many of the sentiments we value so much in the United States. These values remain even more important in light of the events this week in Nice, last November in Paris, and last year at Charlie Hedbo.

The French Community has always been a powerful force in Chicago, and we are grateful for the cultural and economic impact they have had. Additionally, Chicago and France have shared a wonderful relationship, one that was accentuated when Chicago and Paris became Sister Cities in 1996. Most recently, Paris and Chicago were connected through the agreement between MATTER and Paris&Co, MATTER’s first international agreement. This agreement will continue to bring these two global cities closer together as they work toward innovation and development together.

I am grateful for your service to the French Community of Chicago. The City of Chicago is heartbroken by the loss of so many lives and my heart goes out to the families of the victims. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and the French Republic on this Bastille Day.

Rahm Emmanuel, Mayor of Chicago.


« En tant que Consul Général d’Italie, j’exprime toute la solidarité et l’amitié profondes du peuple italien pour les amis français, frappés à nouveau par la violence odieuse d’un fanatisme meurtrier. Nos condoléances pour les douloureuses pertes humaines. Giuseppe Finocchiaro, 15 juillet 2016 ».

Avec amitié,
Giuseppe F.


«I have no words to express how deeply sorry I am for the recent tragedy that the people from France have suffered. The senseless murder of innocent people at Nice was a crime against decency and humanity. I convey my condolences and the solidarity of my Government and the Salvadoran community; my thoughts and prayers are with you, your community and your country. With deepest sympathy,»

Consulado General de El Salvador en Chicago


I wanted to let you know how sorry I was to hear about what happened in Nice yesterday. I am sending this to you on behalf of the Hyde Park Art Center.
Please know that my heart goes out to the families killed in such a senseless act.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and the people of France.

Gregory S.


What do you say when your friends are hurting? At least ’say something!’ Dr. Martin Luther King said "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." When I read of the recent tragedy in Nice, I immediately thought of you and wanted you to know that "France Matters To Me, My Family & Community." Since I’ve met you and developed a relationship with you, my knowledge, love and concern for France and those closely connected to it has increased significantly. This genuine feeling of connection and compassion has spreading through my congregation/community in amazing and tangible ways.

Me, My Family & Community agree that in times like these, we should be standing together with one voice against all vicious and barbaric acts of violence. Terrorism in any form should not be tolerated anywhere and the voice of the international community should be heard in solidarity when perpetrators choose to commit such atrocities.

In my opinion, saying something is good but doing something is even better. My community stands poised and ready to do whatever we can do to send a strong message that ’you are not alone.’ We look to you to educate us on how we can best be of service to heal the wounds and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and those (directly/indirectly) affected by this recent tragedy. If there are any of your constituency here that would like for my church and I to pray with them, please let me know.

We are open to praying for them this Sunday during our service. Please feel free to reach out to me if there is anything else I and the Bright Star Family can do to help in this difficult time.

God bless you and may God bless France!!! "Doing What I Can; While I Can; With What I Have; Within HIS Will."

Pastor Chris Harris


Sincere condolences to the people of France in Nice, in all of France and everywhere in the world, and especially in Chicago. Our hearts are heavy with your loss. We send love to fill the void left by the violence and terror. Our thoughts are with the families and the victims at this time of sorrow.

Kay B. & Eric E.


Please accept my condolences on the terrible attack in Nice. One after another, these events are devastating. Please know that local French teachers are continuing to travel to France with their students in the face of these attacks and have been circulating on social media the video of Rick Steves specifically encouraging people to keep traveling to France and emphasizing the values that our two countries share.

American Association of French Teachers.


Je pense très fort à vous. Bien que j’habite aux USA depuis 21 ans je n’oublierai jamais mes racines. Je suis très touchée pas cette tragédie et j’envoie tout mon soutien aux familles. Je pense à vous et compatie à votre douleur.

Lidia S.


Quelle impitoyable tragédie, Quelle tristesse, Quelle angoisse, O Nice, chère Nice.

Jeff K.

Many thoughts and prayers from the Fritz family !

Bonnie F.

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