President Barack Obama
President Barack ObamaReuters

President Barack Obama on Thursday night condemned the terrorist attack in Nice, France, and offered France assistance in the investigation.

“On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved ones of those killed, and we wish a full recovery for the many wounded. I have directed my team to be in touch with French officials, and we have offered any assistance that they may need to investigate this attack and bring those responsible to justice,” he continued.

“We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack,” added Obama.

“On this Bastille Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world, and we know that the character of the French Republic will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life,” he concluded.

Earlier, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would postpone the announcement that was scheduled for Friday of his running mate.

At least 73 people were killed and 100 injured in Thursday night's attack in Nice, which occurred during Bastille Day celebrations.

As the celebrations took place, a truck ploughed into the crowd before attempting to flee the scene. Reports said the driver was killed.