Local French consul reacts to France attacks

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Over 70 people in Nice, France were killed Thursday night and several are injured after a truck plowed through a crowd during France’s Independence Day celebration.

Shortly after the attacks in France, News 4 talked to New York State’s French Honorary Consul, Pascal Soares, and he called the attacks a cancer and said we need to unite to stop these attacks.

Soares said it’s summertime, half of Europe was coming to the south of France to enjoy the sea and the restaurants on a national holiday.

He said we can’t forget that France and the U.S. are close allies and that we need to work together to get through this tragedy.

Soares lives in north Buffalo, working closely with people from France who move here.

He said about 350 people from France live in our community and the horrific attack is still sinking in.

“We are extremely shocked, extremely disappointed and extremely angry. We have to work together. What I would like to see is that the western world is inside the same boat, we have a lot of work, a lot of work to penetrate, a lot of action to work together,” said Soares.

Soares said, not including New York City, there are about a thousand French citizens living in New York State

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