Pope Francis last night telephoned the president of the Nice region in southern France, Christian Estrosi, to express his sorrow over Thursday’s terrorist attack and asking what he could do to help.
According to the Italian Adnkronos news agency, the Pope called Estrosi, a former mayor of Nice and president of the regional council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, at 7p.m. “apologizing because he doesn’t speak French well.”
“The first thing he said to me was ‘What can I do for you?’”, said Estrosi, who was mayor of Nice until mid-June. “He promised that he would soon meet the victims’ families. It was a phone call that gave great comfort and is what’s needed in order to start over.”