In the most recent terrorist attack in France, three people were killed after being stabbed to death at a church in the city of Nice on Thursday. One of the victims, a 60-year-old woman, was “nearly decapitated” in the attack, which bore similarities to another recent Islamic terrorist attack in which a teacher was beheaded in Paris. The suspect in the stabbings, who was taken into custody, was said to be a 21-year-old Brahim Aouissaoui from Tunisia who had entered France through Italy where he had arrived in late September. The French government has since placed the country at the highest level of emergency alert. In recent days, tensions between the French Muslim population (as well as other Muslim countries) and the French government have increased, with President Emmanuel Macron calling for an “Islam of enlightenment” and “peace.” France has been the victim of 36 Islamist terrorist attacks since 2012 and has experienced three in the past month alone.
French leaders are calling for greater measures to be taken against Islamic extremists. President Macron, referring to the recent attacks which occurred outside of a school and inside of a church, stated, “If we are attacked once again it is for the values which are ours: freedom, for the possibility on our soil to believe freely and not to give in to any spirit of terror. I say it with great clarity once again today: we won’t surrender anything.” Mayor Christian Estrosi of Nice stated, “Enough is enough. It is now time for France to exempt itself of peacetime laws to permanently annihilate Islamo-fascism from our territory.” France, which has moved right over the years, has defended the publishing of caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad as “freedom of expression” and
“freedom of speech.” Many conservative leaders believe current laws in France are “not sufficient” to deal with the acts of terrorism the nation has consistently faced.
President Trump expressed his support for France, tweeting, “Our hearts are with the people of France. 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!”
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, a Muslim-majority nation, stated, “Macron needs mental treatment. What is the problem of this person Macron with Muslims and Islam?” Bangladesh, Pakistan, Qatar, and Kuwait are among the nations that have criticized the French government. Protests and boycotts have erupted in many nations, as well, “against what detractors are calling an incitement of Islamophobia by the French president.”
“This is a time when President Macron could have put healing touch & denied space to extremists rather than creating further polarization & marginalization that inevitably leads to radicalization.”Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan
The foreign ministry of Jordan condemned the “continued publication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad under the pretext of freedom of expression.”