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‘Fijians Unreachable’ As Over 80 People Dead On Bastille Day

The Foreign Affairs Ministry has yet to determine the safety of Fijians living near the southern French city of Nice. This is after over 84 people have reportedly died and
16 Jul 2016 16:05
‘Fijians Unreachable’ As Over 80 People Dead On Bastille Day
Bastille Day Death

The Foreign Affairs Ministry has yet to determine the safety of Fijians living near the southern French city of Nice.

This is after over 84 people have reportedly died and many more injured after a lorry slammed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice.  The driver then opened fire.

Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Robin Nair said they had also not yet received any latest updates from the Fijian Embassy in Brussels.

Mr Nair said they were trying to get as much information as possible about the situation of Fijians living in and near the city of Nice.

France Embassy in Fiji spokesperson Moira Vilisoni said some Fijian rugby players in France live around Nice.

“We are trying to get in touch with them and their family members.

“The French Embassy will meet with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs next week to discuss on the matter,” she said

Meanwhile, the Fiji Sun spoke to the wife of a prominent French-based Fijian rugby player who lives in Grasse town which is about 30-minute drive away from Nice.

The wife, who wished to remain unnamed, said several attempts to reach her husband by phone remained fruitless.

She said although it was unclear on whether her husband attended the celebration, they were hoping and praying for his safety.

According to BBC reports, a state of emergency, in place since November’s Paris attacks, has been extended by three months.

Several attempts also to contact Fijians living in France remained unanswered when this edition went to press.

 

Edited by Rosi Doviverata

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