Google has announced that it will make calls to France free in the wake of the Nice attack.

France was rocked by yet another senseless tragedy earlier tonight when a lorry ploughed into crowds watching a fireworks display as part of Bastille Day celebrations in Nice. The terrorist incident has left at least 80 people dead, and dozens injured.

Some carriers are offering free calls and texts to connect with family and friends in France, and Google is joining in by providing free Hangouts, Google Voice and Project Fi calls to the country following the aftermath of the attack.

Users will be able to dial into France without charge via Hangouts, Google Voice and Project Fi from anywhere in the world these services are supported, as announced by the company on Thursday evening.

Google posted a statement online that said: “To all those affected by the attack in Nice, you’re in our thoughts.”

You can make calls on your smartphone with the Hangouts Android or iPhone app, or your computer at hangouts.google.com or via Gmail. You will need a Google account to access the service.

In addition to the free calls, the company also published a Google Now card which will provide critical information to those in the Nice area. It will be updated with information from French authorities once they come to hand.

Dozens are dead after a truck plowed into a crowd during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, with many more people injured.

“France is deeply afflicted by this new tragedy, France is horrified by what has just occurred,” French President Francois Hollande said in a press conference on Thursday.

“This monstrous act of using a truck to deliberately kill dozens of people who were simply celebrating the 14th of July. France is afflicted but France is strong, and France will always be stronger than the fanatics that want to strike France today.

Other American Carriers have also come on board:

  • AT&T will wave or credit the fee for all calls and texts by AT&T customers to France from today until July 17th.
  • T-Mobile is making all calls and texts to the Nice area free through July 17th. That also includes T-Mobile pre and post-paid, as well as MetroPCS, GoSmart Mobile, and WalMart Family Mobile plans. All roaming fees for T-Mobile customers in and around Nice will be waved too.
  • Verizon (wireless and landline) won’t charge any fees for calls or texts to France from now through July 16th, but taxes and surcharges may apply.
  • Sprint is waving the charges for all calls and SMS to and from France from now through July 17th. This applies to
  • Sprint accounts as well as Boost and Virgin Mobile. Roaming fees for Sprint customers in France will be waved as well.

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