Stronger security measures are being put in place at the French Embassy here after Thursday night’s attack in France.
Eighty-four people, including ten children were killed.
They died after a 31-year old French Tunisian attacked Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, by speeding a truck for about one mile along the crowded promenade.
Over two hundred people were injured.
French Ambassador, Eric de La Moussaye, told the Times that increased protection has been requested from authorities here for the French Embassy, the Ambassador’s residence and the Alliance Francaise.
The French diplomat said that his thoughts and sympathy were with the families of those who perished in the atrocity.
De la Moussaye declared that the incident will only strengthen the resolve of the French to fight against people who have no values.
He told the Times that it would have been virtually impossible to prevent Thursday night’s incident.
The French diplomat asserted that the French police have been doing a fine job, as was evident in an incident free Euro 2016 football final held in France recently.
Ambassador de la Moussaye explained that the support and words of comfort from Saint Lucia after the tragedy were very important.
The French Embassy has announced that as a result of the Nice attack, it will will be closed to the public on Monday, 18th July 2016.
A condolence book will be made available at the Embassy on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th July from 10am to 1pm and at the Alliance Française on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd throughout the day.
Persons residing outside of St Lucia, wishing to extend their condolences, are invited to send an email to: [email protected].
The attacker in the Nice incident was named as Mohamed Lahouaiej- Bouhlel, a chauffeur and deliveryman who was born in Tunis but had lived in France for years.
According to reports, three police officers exchanged fire with Lahouaiej-Bouhlel during his rampage, and found him dead in the passenger seat of the truck.