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Star Wars: Gwendoline Christie honors Nice attack victims

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The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story panel at Friday’s Star Wars Celebration in London opened with the tribute to those killed on Thursday in Nice, France during an attack on Bastille Day.

Before revealing new footage from the first Star Wars standalone film, actress Gwendoline Christie — who appeared in last year’s The Force Awakens — led the crowd in a moment of silence.

“I’d like to just take a moment… it’s impossible for us to sit here today at Celebration, particularly at an event called Celebration, without thinking about the terrible events that have happened not far from here. On behalf of everyone, our hearts go out to the people of Nice and France,” she said as the crowd cheered. “I’d like us all to just take a moment to send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers.”

Following the moment of silence, someone in the crowd began singing “La Marseillais,” the French national anthem, in a show of solidarity. An emotional Christie clapped along as the crowd sang.

On Thursday in Nice, a terrorist attack left at least 84 dead and more than 200 injured, when a truck struck civilians following a celebration of Bastille Day.

The tribute happens in the below video at the three-hour mark.

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