For the second time in October, France was hit with horrific knife attacks, forcing government officials to warn that more of these “Islamist ideology” terror-fueled incidents are to come.
The last attack took place Thursday in the French city of Nice. Three people were stabbed to death in a church. While an investigation is underway, French President Emmanuel Macron hastened to say that the French people are under attack by “Islamist and terrorist madness”.
Thursday’s murders follow the horrific beheading of schoolteacher Samuel Paty in a northern Paris suburb earlier this month. A Chechen refugee beheaded Paty after showing his students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a lesson on free speech.
In addition to Macron’s warning, Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin told RTL radio on Friday, quoted by RT News, that the country must be prepared for future attacks as it combats Islamic extremism. .
“We are in a war against an enemy that is both inside and out. We must understand that there have been and will be other events such as these terrible attacks, ”Darmanin said on RTL radio.
“The greatness of our democracy, its strength, is to be able to tell the French that within a legal framework, we can overcome the greatest barbarities. Islamism is a form of 21st century fascism, the extremism that we must fight, ”he told RTL radio.
The government elevated the terrorist threat to the highest “emergency” level at the end of this week. Soldiers have been deployed to schools and churches across the country. It also comes as Macron declared a second national lockdown on Friday until at least the end of November due to the increase in coronavirus cases.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the Nice incident on Thursday was a ‘barbaric attack’:
“Our hearts are with the victims and their families, and the UK is firmly committed to France against terrorism and intolerance,” Johnson said.
President Trump said, “America stands with our oldest ally in this fight.” Pope Francis said he prays for the victims, for their families and for France.
Turkey, which is embroiled in a diplomatic row with France over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, said it “strongly condemns the attack on the church in Nice.”
If 79% of the French believe that the Islamists have “declared war” on their country, it could spark support for the country’s nationalist political leaders who have taken a strong stance on the fight against Islamic extremism – like Marine Le Pen.
Responding to the beheading of a teacher by an Islamist in Paris, the French ambassador to Sweden, Etienne de Gonneville, told the SVT channel: “France is a Muslim country”.
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