I was extremely shocked to learn of the disaster which struck Genoa this morning, killing many people. My thoughts go to their families and close friends, and all those injured.
France stands alongside Italy and the Italians at this painful time. As the President has indicated, it is ready to provide any support the Italian authorities deem necessary.
The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs’ crisis and support centre, our embassy in Rome and consulate general in Milan are following developments in the situation on the ground in real time. Our embassy and consulate general are in contact with the local authorities to determine whether any French people were present at the scene of the tragedy.
Our compatriots are asked to reassure their loved ones and follow the local authorities’ instructions and our embassy in Rome’s Twitter feed: @FranceenItalie.