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Entertainment Nice attack: in shock, Christians and Muslims call for union

20:35  29 october  2020
20:35  29 october  2020 Source:   liberation.fr

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Devant Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, à Nice, jeudi matin. © Arié BOTBOL In front of Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, in Nice, Thursday morning. After the two attacks which shook France on Thursday, the representatives of the Catholic and Muslim faiths reacted by expressing their emotion and the necessary solidarity.

While President Emmanuel Macron invoked the necessary "national union", Wednesday evening , faced with the health crisis, this call takes on an all the more urgent meaning as the country is again struck, Thursday, by terrorism . A few hours after two stabbing attacks which hit the Basilica of Notre-Dame de l'Assomption in Nice, killing three people, as well as the French consulate in Jeddah , Saudi Arabia, representatives of the Catholic cults and Muslim express their emotion and solidarity with the victims and their families.

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Monsignor Jean-Marc Aveline, Archbishop of Marseille, sighs: “It is a spiral of violence that is worrying. We have work to do and questions to ask ourselves about what we can do to fight against this vulnerability of our country in relation to ideologies disguised as religion. ” And to hope that places of worship remain open to "offer spaces for reflection which are the cement of brotherhood".

Around 11 a.m., the bells of Notre-Dame basilica started ringing. Gil Florini, senior parish priest of Nice center, struggles to hide his anger: "We knew that there was an increase in risks, he confides. You had to anticipate things, it's good to talk, to take walks, to put down candles, but it's not enough. " According to the French Bishops 'Conference, there was no threat specifically aimed at the city, but increased vigilance nationwide, due to the approach of the All Saints' Day.

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 Attack in Nice: what we know Three people were killed in the attack on a church in Nice on Thursday morning. The assailant was "neutralized" by the police. © Eric Gaillard / Reuters Nice The facts A man armed with a knife attacked, Thursday around 9 a.m., people present in the Notre-Dame church in Nice , located in the heart of the city from the city. He killed three people.

Closure of mosques

The Muslim community in Nice is also stunned. "I am still in shock, as a child of Nice, loose Obaïda Ben Salem, secretary general of the Union of Muslims of the Alpes-Maritimes (Umam). How is it possible that someone commits such a barbaric act in the name of my religion? "

Thursday is an important day in Islam. It celebrates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, called the Mawlid. “It is likely that the attackers chose this date for this reason. But I cannot, as a believer, understand the connection between this way of acting and the defense of the prophet of Islam ", adds the representative of Umam.

The French Council for Muslim Worship (CFCM) thus called, in a press release , "the Muslims of France to cancel all the Mawlid festivities". The organization asks the Muslim leaders to "close their mosques until further notice, from this evening after the night prayers and to make this last moment of prayer the occasion of a tribute and a meditation in the memory of the victims ”.

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In a symbol of unity between the cults, Bishop Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, president of the Conference of Bishops of France, sent a message to the president of the CFCM, Mohammed Moussaoui, calling for "fear not to prevail. not, nor hatred ”. A gesture welcomed by the latter.

Political catchphrase

While the bill on the "crime of separatism" is still on the government's table , several political representatives on the right and on the far right called on Thursday for a strengthening of measures against the 'radical Islam. Obaida Ben Salem hopes there will be no "hardening detrimental to the Muslim community" and wants "extremes to be fought."

The two organizations in the sights of the Ministry of the Interior since the Conflans attack on teacher Samuel Paty, the Collective against Islamophobia in France (CCIF) and BarakaCity, also reacted on Thursday. On Twitter , the CCIF denounces a "terrorist brutality" and calls for "to get out of this wave of violence and barbarism which is affecting France as quickly as possible". For its part, the BarakaCity association said to itself, in a tweet , "horrified" and expressed its support for the families of the victims as well as for the Catholic faithful.

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