“We express our unequivocal condemnation and abhorrence of the new, deadly terrorist attack in France. Our thoughts are with the French people and the families of all the innocent victims, to whom we express our sincere condolences”, said a Greek Foreign Ministry announcement issued on Friday.

“On the anniversary of the French Revolution, the cradle of the ideas of liberty, equality and fraternity found itself once again the target of obscurantism and barbarity. The act of barbaric terrorism is doomed to fail. We express our certainty that, in spite of extremists, France – the beacon of the ideas of the Enlightenment, democracy and freedom – will continue to unceasingly shed its light on Europe and the world”, the ministry’s statement continued.

Following the instructions of the President of the Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the Secretary General of the Presidency Ambassador George Gennimatas contacted, at 2 am, with the Ambassador of France in Athens, Christophe Chantepy, and conveyed the deepest condolences of the Greek President to his French counterpart Francois Hollande, the families of the victims and the people of France, expressing both his horror and his unequivocal condemnation for the terrorist attack in Nice on the French National Day.