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Books of condolence opened for Nice attack victims

Published 18/07/2016

(From L) The President of the Alpes-Maritimes' departmental council Eric Ciotti, junior minister for victims aid Juliette Meadel, minister for Social Affairs and Health Marisol Touraine, mayor of Nice Philippe Pradal, Prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes department Adolphe Colrat, French Prime minister Manuel Valls, President of the Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region Christian Estrosi, US Ambassador to France Jane, and French far-right Front National (FN) party MP Marion Marechal-Le Pen (3rd R) and other officials observe a minute of silence on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice on July 18, 2016
/ AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
(From L) The President of the Alpes-Maritimes' departmental council Eric Ciotti, junior minister for victims aid Juliette Meadel, minister for Social Affairs and Health Marisol Touraine, mayor of Nice Philippe Pradal, Prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes department Adolphe Colrat, French Prime minister Manuel Valls, President of the Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region Christian Estrosi, US Ambassador to France Jane, and French far-right Front National (FN) party MP Marion Marechal-Le Pen (3rd R) and other officials observe a minute of silence on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice on July 18, 2016 / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Tributes in Nice for the victims of the terror attack
A man spits on a pile of rubbish left to signify the spot where the vehicle stopped and the terrorist driver was killed on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, as people returned to the scene where scores of people were mown down by a lorry to remember victims. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 18, 2016. Eighty-four people were killed when Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a hired lorry through crowds gathered to celebrate Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais on Thursday. See PA story POLICE Nice. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
French football captain Hugo Lloris and wife Marine in Nice, France, as people return to the scene where scores of people were mown down by a lorry to remember victims. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
A French soldier patrols on the famed Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southern France, Monday, July 18, 2016. France is holding a national moment of silence for 84 people killed by a truck rampage in Nice(AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Ghassan Zaour watches people gathered around a makeshift memorial after observing a minute of silence to honor the victims of deadly attack near the area where a truck mowed through revelers, on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southern France, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
People gather on the famed Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southern France, to observe a minute of silence to honor the victims of a deadly attack near the area where a truck mowed through revelers, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
People boo French prime minister Manuel Valls, center, and Health Minister Marisol Touraine, left, after a minute of silence on the famed Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southern France, to honor the victims of an attack near the area where a truck mowed through revelers, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
A French soldier patrols prior to a minute of silence on the famed Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southern France, to honor the victims of an attack near the area where a truck mowed through revelers, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
French minister for Social Affairs, Health Marisol Touraine (L), Prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes department Adolphe Colrat (3rd L), French Prime minister Manuel Valls (C) and President of the Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region Christian Estrosi (4th R), US Ambassador to France Jane Hartley (2nd R) and Albert II Prince of Monaco (3rd R) observe a minute of silence AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
French firemen are congratulated by people as they arrive for a minute's silence at the Jardin Albert 1er on the Promenade des Anglais seafront in Nice, on July 18, 2016, in tribute to the victims of the deadly Nice attack on Bastille day. AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
People gather to observe a minute's silence at the Jardin Albert 1er on the Promenade des Anglais seafront in Nice, on July 18, 2016, in tribute to the victims of the deadly Nice attack on Bastille day. AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Street surveillance agents gather as people observe a minute of silence at the Bordeaux city hall courtyard on July 18, 2016, in tribute to the victims of the deadly Nice attack on Bastille day. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBETGEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images
French minister for Social Affairs, Health Marisol Touraine, Prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes department Adolphe Colrat, French Prime minister Manuel Valls, President of the Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region Christian Estrosi and US Ambassador to France Jane Hartley observe a minute of silence on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice on July 18, 2016, in tribute to victims of the deadly Nice attack on Bastille day. AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

Books of condolence have been opened in Northern Ireland to enable people to pay tribute to the victims of the Nice terror attack.

A minute's silence was held at Belfast City Hall before the book was officially opened. A similar book was opened at the Guildhall in Londonderry.

The new secretary of state for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire signs a book of condolence in Belfast City Hall on Monday with Lord Mayor Brian Kingston and Suzanne Wylie (Chief executive of Belfast City Council) for the victims of the Nice attack Pic Pacemaker / Belfast City Council
The new secretary of state for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire signs a book of condolence in Belfast City Hall on Monday with Lord Mayor Brian Kingston and Suzanne Wylie (Chief executive of Belfast City Council) for the victims of the Nice attack Pic Pacemaker / Belfast City Council
New Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire makes his first official appointment at Belfast City Hall where he signed a book condolence for the victims of the Nice terrorist attack attack in France. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Belfast City Hall is illuminated in the colours of the French flag, as a mark of solidarity with the French people after a lorry drove into a crowd. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

New Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire's first official engagement in post was to sign the book in Belfast.

"I wish to express my condolences to all of those affected by the appalling tragedy in Nice," he said.

"It is an unimaginable horror and as my first official engagement to sign the book of condolence is very fitting.

"It enables people to express their thoughts, condolences and also to underline how we stand together with the people of France and the people of Nice at this terrible time of loss."

Belfast Lord Mayor Brian Kingston said people in Northern Ireland had been shocked by the events in France, where 84 people were killed when a lorry ploughed through crowds celebrating Bastille Day.

"These were families and people out enjoying a celebration and we can barely comprehend how someone could so callously carry out such wanton taking of life," he said.

"We have very much responded to the public mood, we know people wish to express their sympathy to those who have been bereaved and injured - but also to show our solidarity to the French people and all those affected by this terrible atrocity."

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Alderman Hilary McClintock said: "On behalf of the people of the city and district, I would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the people of France following the indiscriminate act of terror that was inflicted on the people of Nice who were out and about enjoying what should have been a day of celebration.

Forensics officers and policemen look for evidence near a truck on the Promenade des Anglais seafront in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 15, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Forensics officers and policemen look for evidence near a truck on the Promenade des Anglais seafront in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 15, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Killer: Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel
A sign reading "Liberty, equality, fraternity, let us unite against barbarism" is placed on July 15, 2016 at a makeshift memorial near the site in Nice where a gunman smashed a truck into a crowd of revellers celebrating Bastille Day, killing at least 84 people. AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVATBORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images
A woman places flowers on July 15, 2016 near the site in Nice where a gunman smashed a truck into a crowd of revellers celebrating Bastille Day, killing at least 84 people. AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVATBORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - A woman looks at a truck stand guarded by the police on the Promenade des Anglais seafront in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 15, 2016, hours after it drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display. An attack in Nice where a man rammed a truck into a crowd of people left 84 dead and another 18 in a "critical condition", interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said Friday. An unidentified gunman barrelled the truck two kilometres (1.3 miles) through a crowd that had been enjoying a fireworks display for France's national day before being shot dead by police. / AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULATANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images
People stand on July 15, 2016 in front of flowers and candles placed near the site in Nice where a gunman smashed a truck into a crowd of revellers celebrating Bastille Day, killing at least 84 people. AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVATBORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images
Forensic police work on the scene of a truck attack in Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
The truck which slammed into revelers late Thursday is seen at the site of the attack in Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Forensic officers stands near a truck with its windscreen riddled with bullets, that plowed through a crowd of revelers who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
The truck which slammed into revelers late Thursday, July 14, is seen near the site of an attack in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A forensic officer stands near a van with its windscreen riddled with bullets, that plowed through a crowd of revelers who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. At least 80 people were killed before police killed the driver, authorities said. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Forensic officers at the scene of an attack after a truck drove on to the sidewalk and plowed through a crowd of revelers who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Twitter feed video grab courtesy of @harp_detectives of people running away after dozens of people are believed to have been killed when a lorry ploughed into a Bastille Day crowd in Nice. Photo credit: @harp_detectives/PA Wire
Fire department ambulances and vehicles are parked near the scene of an attack after a truck drove on to the sidewalk and plowed through a crowd of revelers who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Christian Alminana)
Police officers, firefighters and rescue workers are seen at the site of an attack on July 15, 2016, after a truck drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice. AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Emergency services vehicles work on the scene after a truck, left, plowed through Bastille Day revelers in the French resort city of Nice, France, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (Sasha Goldsmith via AP)
Authorities investigate a truck after it plowed through Bastille Day revelers in the French resort city of Nice, France, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (Sasha Goldsmith via AP)
Authorities investigate a truck after it plowed through Bastille Day revelers in the French resort city of Nice, France, Thursday, July 14, 2016. (Sasha Goldsmith via AP)
Ambulances line up near the scene of an attack after a truck drove on to the sidewalk and plowed through a crowd of revelers who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
A man runs near the scene of an attack after a truck drove onto the sidewalk and plowed through a crowd of revelers who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Police officers seal off the area of an attack after a truck drove on to the sidewalk and plowed through a crowd of revelers who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Ciaran Fahey)
Police officers carry out checks on vehicles in the centre of French Riviera town of Nice, after a van drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers carry out checks on vehicles in the centre of French Riviera town of Nice, after a van drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers carry out checks on vehicles in the centre of French Riviera town of Nice, after a van drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers stand near a van, with its windscreen riddled with bullets, that ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers and rescue workers arrive at the scene of an attack on July 14, 2016, after a van ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers stand near a van that ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers and firefighters arrive near the site of an attack on July 14, 2016, after a van ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers stand near a van that ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers speak with a soldier after a van that ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers carry out checks on vehicles in the centre of French Riviera town of Nice, after a van drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers carry out checks on vehicles in the centre of French Riviera town of Nice, after a van drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
A soldier stands guard near the site of an attack in the French Riviera town of Nice, after a van that ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
A man walks with his hands up as police officers carry out checks on people in the centre of French Riviera town of Nice, after a van that ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display on July 14, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHEVALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

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