Switzerland condemns the attack in Nice and mourns the death of at least two Swiss nationals

Bern. Switzerland is shocked and appalled by the attack in Nice, which claimed the lives of over 80 people. At least two Swiss citizens were among the victims. The President of the Swiss Confederation, Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, has condemned the attack in the strongest terms and has written to the French President, François Hollande, to express his condolences in the name of the Swiss people. In letters of condolence, other members of the Federal Council also expressed their sympathy and consternation to their French counterparts. On Friday afternoon, the Confederation's Security Core Group met with representatives of the Conference of Cantonal Police Commanders of Switzerland to discuss the situation.

The Federal Council is dismayed by the attack in Nice. "The thoughts of the people of Switzerland and the Federal Council are with the victims' families," said the President of the Swiss Confederation, Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, in an initial reaction. He condemns the attack in the strongest terms: "Such acts are totally unacceptable. We must combat all forms of terrorism." Flags were flying at half mast on the Federal Palace West Wing in Bern and at the Swiss embassy in Paris after President François Hollande declared a three-day period of national mourning

In the immediate aftermath of the attack on the evening of 14 July, the Swiss consulate in Marseilles and the Crisis Management Centre called their crisis cells into action. Together with the Swiss embassy in Paris and the Swiss honorary consul in Nice, and in close collaboration with the Swiss authorities, they are trying to ascertain whether there are additional Swiss victims. According to the most information available, two Swiss nationals - a woman and a child - did not survive the attack. Inquiries are still ongoing. It cannot be excluded that additional Swiss nationals lost their lives in the attack. The Federal Office of Police has sent liaison persons to Nice to help the French authorities with the identification of the victims. Two members of the FDFA's Crisis Intervention Pool have also been dispatched to Nice and Marseilles.

The Federal Office of Police activated an operational task force after the attack and is coordinating efforts among all partners in Switzerland and abroad, as well as with the French authorities. The Federal Office of Police is also in contact with the French security agencies. The aim is to ascertain whether the attack has any links to Switzerland.

The FDFA Helpline is taking calls around the clock from concerned relatives at +41 800 24-7-365 or +41 58 465 33 33. In its travel advice for France, the FDFA has for some time called attention to the risk of terrorist attacks.  With regard to the global terror threat, the FDFA offers the following advice on 'Terrorism and Kidnappings' in its non-country-specific travel information pages: "Terrorist activities pose a security threat throughout the world, including Europe. The threat stems from organised regional and international groups, as well as from individuals. The FDFA therefore calls for heightened vigilance."

The French authorities are providing information at the following telephone numbers (country code +33): 01-43-17-56-46 (national) / 04-93-72-22-22 (local).

Last modification 15.07.2016

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