Nice Attack

On Thursday 14 July 2016 in Nice, France, a lorry ploughed into a large crowd watching a fireworks display marking the end of the French national holiday for Bastille Day, killing 84 people.

In the wake of the attacks, the World Church Relationships Team sent a letter of Condolence to l'Église Protestante Unie de France (The United Protestant Church in France, EPUF for short), one of our partner churches, expressing shock and extending sympathy and condolences.

The following response was received from Rev Laurent Schlumberger of EPUF:

"Many thanks for your message of solidarity and prayer during this difficult and emotional moment where so many feelings mingle and intertwine. Your support is valuable, reminding us that we are members one of another, and that together, we can trust in God."

The text below is from a communiqué which EPUF published following the attacks:   

We are overwhelmed by the terror, the horror and the absurdity of the appalling attack which took place on the 14 July in Nice. They have unfortunately attacked us again, reminding us of other attacks and other violent deaths in France and throughout the world. The feeling of bewilderment, strengthened by the context of the celebration of unity during this popular festival has left us distraught.

We pray for the victims, their families and their loved ones, for those left in shock having witnessed the massacre and for the security services and rescue teams.

We also pray for the local and national leaders, who now have the difficult task of responding fairly, of preventing further attacks and of ensuring everyone's right to protection. On Sunday, during our church services, we will once again offer prayers and intercession.

Terrorism seeks to provoke panic within each and every one of us, as well as widespread suspicion, which feeds the feeling of powerlessness and division, and strengthens the designation of scapegoats.   

Although coming from a different context, the call from the prophet Isaiah nonetheless speaks to us today and mobilises us: "in quietness and in trust shall be your strength." (Isaiah 30:15).

Our thanks once more,

Fraternally,

Laurent Schlumberger,

Pastor, president of the National Assembly

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