QUEBEC CITY – A vigil was held in Quebec City Saturday morning to honour the victims of Thursday’s attack in Nice, France.
French citizens were out celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais, in Nice, when a truck plowed into the crowds, killing 84 people and injuring scores of others.
An overwhelming show of grief and support poured in from all over the world including Quebec, where an estimated 30,000 French citizens live.
Saturday’s memorial at the French Consulate in Quebec City drew hundreds and opened with a speech from France’s Consul General, Nicolas Chibaeff.
The French flag, flew at half-mast alongside the Quebec and Canadian flags.
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Chibaeff expressed his deepest gratitude to Quebecers and Canadians alike for their continued support and was touched that so many attended the ceremony.
Local dignitaries responded in kind with Liberal MNA Christine St-Pierre saying that Quebecers were hurting for their French cousins.
“We are with you full-heartedly,” St-Pierre said. “We share your grief.”
St-Pierre added Quebec is doing everything in its power to continue the fight against radicalization leading to violence.
A second vigil is planned for 6 p.m in front of the French Consulate in Montreal. Participants are being encouraged to bring candles and French flags.
Those who can not attend but would like to share their condolences can do so online through the French Consulate.