A minute silence for France on Monday


A minute’s silence will be held at the French Embassy in Wellington on Monday to pay tribute to the victims of the Bastille Day attack in Nice.

The embassy is opening a book of condolence for people to sign as the world rallies to support the stunned European nation.

Eighty-four people, including 10 children, were killed and more than 250 injured when a 31-year-old French Tunisian man sped through a crowd in a truck mowing down everyone in his path as people celebrated the French national day.

Some international tourists were caught up in the carnage but there were no New Zealanders in the casualty toll.

In a statement the embassy said staff would be observing a minute of silence at midday in front of the Manners Street offices to pay tribute to the victims.

New Zealanders were asked to stand alongside French people in New Zealand marking the atrocity.

“You are welcome to join us or simply take part in this moment with us wherever you will be,” said the embassy statement.

The book of condolence will be open between 10 am and midday and 2pm to 4pm on Monday and on Tuesday between 10 am and midday and 2pm and 3pm.

If I was a Wellington resident I would attend.  I realise it won’t matter in the bigger scheme of things, but it goes a little towards feeling powerless.  Aroha to all French people that want to rid their country of this evil.  May your leaders have the wisdom and the drive to do what it needed.


– NZ Herald

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