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Lets not let incidents like this distract everyone from France's commitment to diversity and inclusion, a powerful and ambitious approach to making France, and the world, a better, and safer, place. R

How many heads would have to get chopped off before you show any kind of resentment?    These are not lone wolf isolated incidents ,  as numerous people were involved in the teachers beheading 

What they are pushing for is for France to adopt a blasphemy law. You can always submit to the Muslim World, today for cartoons, tomorrow for gender equality,  may girls sit next to boys in class

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Tunisian man beheads woman, kills two more people in Nice church

By Tangi Salaün and Eric Gaillard

 

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A police officer stands near Notre Dame church, where a knife attack took place, in Nice, France October 29, 2020. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/Pool

 

PARIS/NICE, France (Reuters) - A knife-wielding Tunisian man shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday before being shot and taken away by police.

 

President Emmanuel Macron said France would deploy thousands more soldiers to protect important sites such as places of worship and schools, as the country's security alert was raised to its highest level.

 

Speaking outside the church, Macron said France had been attacked "over our values, for our taste for freedom, for the ability on our soil to have freedom of belief ... And I say it with great clarity again today: We will not give any ground."

 

The attack came just under two weeks after a middle-school teacher in a Paris suburb was beheaded by an 18-year-old attacker who was apparently incensed by the teacher showing a carton of the Prophet Mohammad in class.

 

Chief anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said the suspect in Thursday's attack was a Tunisian man born in 1999 who had arrived in Europe on Sept. 20 in Lampedusa, the Italian island off Tunisia that is the main landing point for migrants from Africa.

 

A Tunisian security source and a French police source named the suspect as Brahim Aouissaoui.

 

A knife-wielding attacker shouting "Allahu Akbar" beheaded a woman and killed two other people at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday. Olivia Chan reports.

 

Ricard told a news conference in Nice that the man had entered the city by train early on Thursday morning and made his way to the church, where he stabbed and killed the 55-year-old sexton and beheaded a 60-year-old woman.

 

He also stabbed a 44-year-old woman who fled to a nearby cafe where she raised the alarm before dying, Ricard said. Police then arrived and confronted the attacker, still shouting "Allahu Akbar", and shot and wounded him.

 

"On the attacker we found a Koran and two telephones, the knife of the crime - 30cm with a cutting edge of 17cm. We also found a bag left by the attacker. Next to this bag were two knives that were not used in the attack," Ricard said.

The suspect is in hospital in critical condition, he said.

 

Tunisia's specialised counter-militancy court spokesman Mohsen Dali told Reuters that Aouissaoui was not listed by police there as a suspected militant.

 

He said Aouissaoui left the country on Sept. 14 by boat, adding that Tunisia had begun its own forensic investigation into the case.

 

Nice's mayor, Christian Estrosi, said the attack was similar to the beheading by a Chechen man earlier this month near Paris of teacher Samuel Paty, who had used cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a civics class about freedom of expression.

 

Thursday's attacks, on the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad, came at a time of growing Muslim anger at France's defence of the right to publish the cartoons, and protesters have denounced France in street rallies in several Muslim-majority countries.

 

SECURITY ALERT RAISED

After the Nice attack, Prime Minister Jean Castex raised France's security alert to its highest level.

 

Police armed with automatic weapons set up a security cordon around the church, which is on Nice's Avenue Jean Medecin, the French Riviera city's main shopping thoroughfare.

 

In Paris, lawmakers in the National Assembly observed a minute's silence.

 

U.S. President Donald Trump voiced sympathy for the people of France after the attack. "America stands with our oldest Ally in this fight. These Radical Islamic terrorist attacks must stop immediately. No country, France or otherwise can long put up with it!" Trump said in a Twitter post.

 

Condemnations of the attack also came from Britain, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, whose President Tayyip Erdogan earlier this week slammed Macron and France over displays of the Prophet Mohammad.

 

Turkish Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said Islam could not be used in the name of terrorism, adding: "We call on the French leadership to avoid further inflammatory rhetoric against Muslims and focus, instead, on finding the perpetrators of this and other acts of violence."

 

The foreign ministry of Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, said "extremist acts" such as that in Nice "contravene all religions, while stressing "the importance of avoiding all practices which generate hatred, violence and extremism".

 

France, with Europe's largest Muslim community, has suffered a string of Islamist militant attacks in recent years, including bombings and shootings in 2015 in Paris that killed 130 people and a 2016 attack in Nice in which a militant drove a truck through a seafront crowd celebrating Bastille Day, killing 86.

 

A representative of the French Council for the Muslim Faith also condemned Thursday's attack and called on all Muslims in France to cancel celebrations of the Mawlid holiday that marks the Prophet's birthday, as a sign of mourning and solidarity.

 

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta in Paris, Maher Chmaytelli and Raya Jalabi in Dubai, Angus McDowall in Tunis and Doina Chiacu in Washington; Writing by Christian Lowe and Giles Elgood; Editing by Mark Heinrich, Hugh Lawson and Daniel Wallis)

 

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9 hours ago, tgw said:

 

Agreed.

 

yet a number of things also have to change in France and in Europe.

 

also, the Muslims themselves should also help cleaning up their ranks of extremist nutters.

 

in Germany, not too long ago, extremists there setup "sharia patrols" to scold other Muslims in German streets if they saw women smoking cigarettes, or unaccompanied by a man.

according to media reports, hate speech has been going on for ages in certain mosques, why don't Muslims organize "sharia patrols" to spy on extremists and their networks and report them?

I guess this already has been going on behind the scenes, but doing it officially would send a message. it's time that Muslim religious leaders do more than just condemning these attacks, it's time for them to act against extremists. The big bosses should address their flock and ask every one of them to personally report to them any extremist activities.

 

then internationally, people like Erdogan are stirring the pot, it's time Erdogan gets put on a muzzle. Merkel and Macron need to talk with Putin, give him whatever assurances he needs and see that this has an end.

 

Don't know about European countries, but here in Australia security agencies have mentioned in the public domain Muslim representatives have assisted with identifying Islamist threats / investigations. 

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1 minute ago, simple1 said:

 

Mahathir is thoroughly corrupt, he also would be a target for Islamist terror. Mahathir has been making inflammatory comments for years, can be diplomatically really stupid. 

diplomatically really stupid.  => Sounds like a pré, double negative.

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6 hours ago, Banana7 said:

Other news agencies are reporting the knife-wielding attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest).

 

French police studies reported a sad trend of average 120 daily stabbings for the last 3 years.

The attacker from OP is for sure accountable for 3 of the average 120 daily stabbings.

From a criminology POV you will continue to result in the average of 120 stabbings per day in France with or without the negative influx of migration and radical Islamists.

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1 hour ago, car720 said:

Figures like these are too easily misinterpreted.  When I was a lad China only had 500 million people.  Now 1500 million.  India only had 100 million but now 1100  million.

 

As with Tibet, PRC has a policy of Han migration to Xinjiang to dominate / oppress local culture,

 

As a matter of detail, in 1951 India had a population of approx 360 million, now about 1,380 million

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