World Nice knife attack. Many countries express their solidarity with France
A gruesome murder in France rekindles the country’s debate on free speech and Islam
Muslims in France have been pressured to assimilate into the country’s secular culture. But at what cost?History and geography teacher Samuel Paty, 47, brought scrutiny this month when he showed his 12- to 14-year-old students two caricatures of Muhammad published by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo — the same images that in 2015 inspired jihadists to kill 11 staff members at the magazine and six others in Paris. Parents and teachers at the school, located just 20 miles outside the capital, said Paty gave his Muslim pupils the opportunity to leave the classroom or look away so as not to anger them.
From the United Kingdom to the Vatican, via Turkey. After the knife attack in Nice that left three people dead, many countries have expressed their support for France.
has sparked condemnation and indignation around the world, with many countries expressing their solidarity with France.
One of the first to react was British Prime Ministerwho said he was "in shock" after this "barbaric attack" , in a French tweet.
World leaders, Christian figures decry attack at Nice church
World offers solidarity and support to France after an attacker killed three people.Three people were killed by a man armed with a knife in what investigators are treating as “an act of terrorism”.
I am shocked to learn the news of the barbaric attack on Notre Dame Basilica in Nice. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and the UK stands alongside France in the fight against terror and intolerance.- Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson)
US President Donald Trump told him that “America stands with our longest-serving ally in this fight. These radical Islamic terrorist attacks must end immediately ”.The Vatican “prays for the victims”
The Vatican has affirmed that “terrorism and violence can never be accepted” . "It is a moment of pain in a time of confusion" , said Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni, adding that Pope Francis "prays for the victims and their loved ones" .
The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres “strongly condemns (this) odious attack” , declared his spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric in New York. "It reaffirms the solidarity of the United Nations with the population and the government of France" in this ordeal, he added.
Alain Marschall: "History will remember that Nice has been hit three times by the terrorist attacks"
© Sébastien SORIANO / Le Figaro Alain Marschall " It's a nightmare ". A few hours after the knife attack that left at least three dead and several wounded in the Notre-Dame basilica in Nice , Alain Marschall is, like millions of French people, both upset and angry. This attack, the third in less than a month and a half in France, plunged the Nice host of the "Grandes Gueules" back into July 2016, when attacked the ram truck on the Promenade des Anglais . THE FIGARO.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed Germany's "solidarity" with France, saying "deeply moved by the cruel murders in a church in Nice" .European solidarity
The European Union has displayed its "solidarity" with France and called for union against "those who spread hatred" . “All my solidarity with France […]. All of Europe is with you ", tweeted European Council President Charles Michel.
The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen for her part affirmed that "the whole of Europe stands in solidarity with France" . "We remain united and determined in the face of barbarism and fanaticism" , she added on Twitter.
I condemn the odious and brutal attack which has just taken place in Nice and am wholeheartedly with France. My thoughts are with the victims of this heinous act.
The whole of Europe stands in solidarity with France. We remain united and determined in the face of barbarism and fanaticism
France church attack: What we know so far
A knife-wielding attacker beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist attack.This is what we know so far:
- Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen)
European Parliament President David Sassoli called on Europeans to "unite against violence and those who seek to incite and spread hatred ”.
“We will continue to defend the freedom, our democratic values, the peace and security of our fellow citizens. United in the face of terror and hatred ”, said Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.Ankara "strongly" condemns
The head of the Italian government Giuseppe Conte denounced "a vile attack" , which however "does not shake the common front in defense of the values of freedom and peace. Our certainties are stronger than fanaticism, hatred and terror ”, he wrote on Twitter.
Nice assassination attempt: Investigators are looking for accomplices - Macron presents plans
After the brutal knife attack in the Mediterranean metropolis Nice with three dead, anti-terror investigators want to find out whether the suspect was possibly supported by accomplices. They also want to know more precisely how the man who is said to come from Tunisia came to the south of France. The terror suspect, seriously injured by the police, was taken to a hospital and is in mortal danger, as anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-François Ricard reported on Thursday evening.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister, Norwegian Minister Erna Solberg, "horrified" , called on "the political and religious leaders of the Muslim world to reject extremism and protect freedom of expression" .
More unexpectedly, Turkey has "firmly" condemned the "savage" attack in Nice, putting asideEgypt "alongside France" to express its "solidarity" .
In the Middle East, the Lebanese Prime Minister designate Saad Hariri has expressed his "strongest condemnation and (his) disapproval of the heinous criminal attack" . "All Muslims are called to reject this criminal act which has nothing to do with Islam or the Prophet" , he wrote on Twitter.
Finally, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed that Egypt "stands alongside France in the fight" against this type of crime "of hate" . The grand mufti of al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb denounced an "act of hatred and terrorism" which is "contrary to the teachings of Islam" .
Assassination attempt in Nice: Police arrest further accomplices - demand for EU response .
After the knife attack in Nice with three dead, the investigations are in full swing. Since the bloody act in the Notre-Dame church, which was classified as an Islamist terrorist attack, several people have been taken into police custody. According to the French news agency AFP, the most recent arrest is a 29-year-old Tunisian. It is said to have been found on Saturday in Grasse in the south of France, around 25 kilometers from Nice, according to judicial circles.