Mod­er­a­tor sends condolences to French fol­low­ing Nice mas­sacre

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THE Mod­er­a­tor of the Gen­eral Assem­bly, Rt Rev Dr Rus­sell Barr, has writ­ten to Em­manuel Cocher, the French Con­sul Gen­eral in Ed­in­burgh, to ex­press his condolences fol­low­ing the at­tack in Nice. It is just a few short months since Mr Cocher at­tended a ser­vice at St Giles Cathe­dral where the vic­tims of the at­tacks in Paris last Novem­ber were re­mem­bered.

Dr Barr said: ‘I write to ex­press shock and sad­ness on be­half of the Gen­eral Assem­bly of the Church of Scot­land to you and your com­pa­tri­ots. Like many others lis­ten­ing to the news this morn­ing and hear­ing of the ter­ri­ble events in Nice, I am ap­palled at this fur­ther dread­ful at­tack faced by the peo­ple of France in re­cent months.

‘A joy­ful oc­ca­sion of cel­e­bra­tion was turned into a scene of hor­ror. Please be as­sured of my own prayers and those of the mem­bers of the Church of Scot­land at this very sad time for France.’

On Face­book, Rev Jonathan Flem­ing from Ersk­ine, who cre­ated a well-re­ceived so­cial me­dia cam­paign for peace fol­low­ing the Paris at­tacks last Novem­ber, said: ‘How much more can this coun­try take? Thoughts and prayers for the peo­ple of Nice, as well as all af­fected by mind­less acts of vi­o­lence.’

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