PARIS, July 25 (Xinhua) -- French President Francois Hollande expressed Thursday his country's "strongest solidarity" with Spain after a train derailed in northwestern Spain on Wednesday evening.
"The President of the Republic sent the Spanish authorities a message of support and compassion, and is associated with the suffering of the families of the victims," said the Elysee Palace in a statement.
At least 78 people have been killed after the accident happened outside the city of Santiago de Compostela in the region of Galicia, according to latest figures from the Spanish media.
It is the worst train accident Spain has suffered in the past 40 years and the third worst in the country's history.
The accident came less than two weeks after a French train derailed in a station near Paris on July 13, killing six.