Nice attack: Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian and other celebrities pay tributeWochit

Stars from the world of entertainment have taken to social media to express their shock and condemn the Nice attack, which left more than 80 people dead. Kim Kardashian and Simon Cowell are among the big names who used their platform to send messages of support and prayers to those affected by the atrocity.

Scores of spectators were killed and nearly a hundred injured, after a truck ploughed into a large crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day in Nice yesterday evening (14 July). According to reports, the driver drove 2km along the city's Promenade des Anglais, before being shot dead by police.

In a message to her 46.5 million followers Kardashian wrote: "Finally home & seeing the news. My heart goes out to everyone in Nice. Lots of prayers being sent your way. God the world needs you."

Lady Gaga expressed her solidarity in a poignant tweet which read: " I am praying for France. When u open your eyes and see chaos, we will close our eyes and see harmony. We are with you."

Comedic actor Amy Schumer simply tweeted: "Enough #PrayForNice."

Actress Sophia Bush insisted that hatred spurred the attack telling her followers: "Heartbroken to hear the news about Nice, France... Hatred has to stop. Promoting any kind of hatred, anywhere, has to stop. ,"

World leaders including President Obama and David Cameron have also condemned the attack, which took place on France's national day of celebration.

French media has identified the lorry driver and the antiterrorism investigators are taking over as the incident is being treated as a terrorist attack. For the latest updates please follow our live IBTimes UK blog here.