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French PM vows to fight 'radical Islam' in tribute to attack victims

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Filed on November 7, 2020

(AP)

French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Saturday the government would keep “fighting relentlessly” against 'radical Islam' as he paid tribute to the three victims of a knife attack in the southern city of Nice last month.

A Tunisian man shouting “Allahu akbar” (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in the coastal city on October 29 before being shot and taken away by police.

“We know the enemy. Not only has it been identified, but it has a name, a political ideology that disfigures the Muslim religion,” Castex said in a speech during the ceremony.

“(It is) an enemy that the government is fighting relentlessly by providing the necessary resources and mobilising all of its forces everyday,” he added.

The Nice attack followed the beheading of a schoolteacher in a suburb of Paris on October 16 by a Chechen-born man who was apparently incensed by the teacher showing a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in class.

The attack in Nice took place amid worldwide Muslim anger over France’s defence of the right to publish images depicting the Prophet (PBUH).

A 21-year-old man recently arrived from Tunisia, suspected of being the Nice attacker, is still in a critical condition after being shot by municipal police and was transferred to a Paris hospital on Friday.





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