Obama offers condolences to French president after Nice attack

Obama offers condolences to French president after Nice attack
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President Obama on Friday called French President François Hollande to offer condolences for the deadly terror attack in Nice. 

“France is, after all, our oldest ally, so it should be no surprise that the president didn’t just offer condolences,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.

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“He offered significant security cooperation and any assistance they need to conduct their investigation and to take steps to try to prevent something like this from happening again.”

Obama was expected to address the attack personally during a diplomatic reception at the White House in the afternoon. 

The president will reiterate “the resolve of the United States to work with the international community to fight terrorism and to fight extremism,” Earnest said. 

Eighty-four people were killed and 202 injured when a man drove a truck into a crowd Thursday during a Bastille Day celebration, according to French government officials. 

Ten children were among those killed, and 52 of the injured were critically wounded. The strike occurred during peak tourist season in Nice, and two Americans were killed, a father and son from Texas. 

It was the third major terrorist attack in France in the past 18 months, raising new fears about the reach of extremist groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. 

A French prosecutor identified the truck driver as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, a Tunisian-born man who moved to France more than a decade ago. 

Bouhlel, who was shot dead by police, had no known ties to Islamic extremist groups but has past burglary, theft and assault convictions.