France in shock the day after the Nice attack

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France was preparing to convene a defense council on Friday the day after the jihadist attack which left three people dead in a church in Nice and sparked a huge wave of emotion in the country and abroad.

A young man armed with a knife killed three people on Thursday morning in a few minutes in the Notre-Dame de l'Assomption church in the heart of Nice, in the south-east of France. The victims are two women, one in her sixties and one in her forties of Brazilian nationality, and the sacristan of the basilica, a 55-year-old man.

The alleged stabbing perpetrator, seriously injured by the police and hospitalized, is a 21-year-old Tunisian who arrived in France in October after disembarking on the Italian island of Lampedusa on September 20, Jean-François told the press. Ricard, the counterterrorism prosecutor in charge of the investigation.

A 47-year-old man, suspected of having been in contact with him, was taken into police custody Thursday evening, according to a judicial source. A source close to the matter, however, called for caution as to the nature of their exchanges.

Tunisia, which strongly condemned the attack, also announced the opening of an investigation.

After being neutralized by a team of the municipal police of Nice, the assailant advanced towards the police threateningly shouting Allah Akbar (God is greatest in Arabic), forcing them to shoot, according to the prosecutor.

Near the alleged perpetrator, investigators found a Koran, two telephones and the murder weapon, <q data-attributes = '{"lang": {"value": "fr", "label": "Français "}," value ": {" html ":" a knife of 30cm with a blade of 17cm "," text ":" a 30cm knife with a 17cm blade "}} 'lang =" fr”>a 30 cm knife with a 17 cm blade, detailed Mr. Ricard.

Armed police near a church.

Police officers stand near Notre Dame Church, where a knife attack took place the day before.

Photo: Reuters / ERIC GAILLARD

President Emmanuel Macron, on the spot Thursday, denounced a islamist terrorist attack and announced a strengthening of the Vigipirate security plan: the number of soldiers patrolling the streets will increase from 3,000 to 7,000.

The Head of State and his Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that a defense council would take place on Friday morning.

If we are attacked, it is for our values, our taste for freedom, estimated Emmanuel Macron, also referring to the knife attack of a security guard of the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, at the same time or almost.

In France, there is only one community. It is the national community. I want to say to all our fellow citizens, whatever their religion, whether they believe or that they do not believe, that we must, in these moments, unite and not give in to the spirit of division, he said.

The Nice attack occurred nearly two weeks after the assassination of a college professor in the Paris region, targeted for showing caricatures of Muhammad in a class on freedom of expression. His beheading by an 18-year-old Chechen Russian Islamist shocked the country.

Mr Macron has since promised that France will not give up on these designs. His statements have provoked a crisis with the Muslim world, where demonstrations of protest and calls for a boycott of French products are increasing.

On Friday, the press echoed the shock caused by this new jihadist attack. <q data-attributes = '{"lang": {"value": "fr", "label": "Français"}, "value": {"html": "Nice: Islamist barbarism is unleashed against France "," text ":" Nice: Islamist barbarism is unleashed against France "}} 'lang =" fr”>Nice: Islamist barbarism is unleashed against France, title Le Figaro. The spiral of terror, for its part, displays Liberation, and simply Hold for the Catholic daily The cross.

Unanimous conviction

The leaders of the 27 EU member states condemned on Thursday in the strongest terms attack, displaying their solidarity with France.

We call on world leaders to work for dialogue and understanding between communities and religions rather than division, they pleaded. US presidential candidates Joe Biden and Donald Trump also denounced attack on country ally the United States.

Several Muslim countries, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran, have firmly condemned the attack. Tunisia, for its part, expressed its solidarity with the government and the French people.

As for the Vatican, he made it known that terrorism and violence can never be accepted. It's a time of pain in a time of confusion, said his spokesperson Matteo Bruni, adding that Pope Francis pray for the victims and their loved ones.

The attack shook up the debate then taking place in Parliament on the re-containment just decided by the government in order to fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

It has led several leaders of the right and the far right to adopt a warlike tone and for some to launch calls for annihilate the enemy.

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