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President Barack Obama on Thursday night condemned the "horrific terrorist attack" in Nice, France, where a large truck rammed into a crowd celebrating the national Bastille Day holiday, killing upwards of 70 people.

"On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians," Obama said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed, and we wish a full recovery for the many wounded."

The president added that he has directed his staff to cooperate with French officials in investigating the attack.

Paying tribute to "our oldest ally," Obama said, "On this Bastille Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world, and we know that the character of the French Republic will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life."

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