Pokemon Go release delayed in France following Nice attack

The makers of the game are holding off launching in France as "a sign of respect."

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France is a no Pokemon Go zone right now.

Pokemon Go is taking over Europe, but there's one country it's yet to arrive in: France.

The makers of the game confirmed to IGN France on Monday that they are delaying the launch of Pokemon Go in the country following last week's terror attack in Nice.

"As a sign of respect for the French people in this time of national mourning, the release of Pokemon Go is postponed," said the Pokemon Company in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with France and the victims affected by this terrible attack."

The release had originally been scheduled for Friday, when the game launched in the UK and other European countries. It is not yet known when Pokemon Go will finally be available to French phone users.

The Pokemon Company, Niantic and Nintendo did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.