Paris (CNN)Emmanuel Macron has mentioned that France “won’t give into terrorism” after three folks have been killed in a knife assault on a church in Good.
The French President described Thursday’s incident within the Mediterranean coast metropolis as “Islamist and terrorist insanity.”
“As soon as once more this morning, it was three of our compatriots that fell in Good, and really clearly France is below assault,” Macron added.
The assault got here throughout heightened tensions within the nation over radical Islamism, secularism and freedom of speech.
The victims in Good have been stabbed within the metropolis’s Notre-Dame Basilica. The group consists of one girl who had her throat slit, a police supply informed CNN.
Good’s mayor, Christian Estrosi, earlier described the lady as having been “decapitated.”
The police supply informed CNN that one other sufferer was a person who died after being stabbed a number of occasions. The third casualty was a lady who was wounded contained in the church however managed to depart the scene. She died in a close-by café, the supply added.
Estrosi mentioned the attacker was shot by police, however remains to be alive and has been taken into custody. “I’m on the scene with the police who arrested the attacker. Every part factors to a terrorist assault,” the mayor mentioned on Twitter Thursday morning.
The attacker saved repeating the phrases “Allahu Akbar” — Arabic for “God is bigger” — whereas being handled by medics, Estrosi mentioned.
“There isn’t any doubt that the perpetrator of the assault… what his intentions have been,” he added.
France’s Inside Minister Gérald Darmanin chaired a disaster assembly on the ministry in response to the assault. French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Good with Darmanin on Thursday afternoon, following the assembly.
Macron’s workplace mentioned he would meet safety personnel and rescue groups on the scene, in addition to with Estrosi and native lawmakers.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex mentioned the nation’s terror alert degree was being raised to “emergency,” within the aftermath of the assault.
The “emergency” degree means the “most degree of vigilance” is important in case of an imminent risk or instantly after an assault, based on a French authorities web site.
Castex added that the federal government’s response can be “agency, implacable, and instant.”
France’s anti-terror prosecutor has taken on the investigation into the assault, a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s workplace mentioned.
The nation has additionally deployed 4,000 navy personnel to spice up safety at colleges, church buildings and different locations of worship.
Good has been the goal of terror previously. In 2016 dozens died after an ISIS-inspired attacker plowed a 20-ton truck into Bastille Day crowds.
Eric Ciotti, a French lawmaker who represents town of Good and surrounding space within the Nationwide Meeting, mentioned the entire of France was in mourning on Thursday.
“Like an emblem, the Notre-Dame basilica remains to be ringing. It’s our nation and its historical past which can be hit immediately in Good,” he mentioned on Twitter, in a publish that shared a video of church bells. Ciotti added: “Islamist barbarism won’t ever silence us!”
The French Bishop’s Council mentioned the three victims have been focused “as a result of they have been contained in the Basilica.”
Church bells rang out throughout France at 3 p.m. Thursday (10 a.m. ET) in tribute to the useless.
In a speech on Thursday Macron mentioned France should use such assaults to unite and never give into the “spirit of division.”
The assault comes simply weeks after Samuel Paty, a highschool instructor, was beheaded in a terrorist assault in Paris.
Paty was killed after displaying controversial cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed throughout a lesson on freedom of expression.
Macron subsequently issued a powerful protection of the precept of freedom of speech and mentioned France wouldn’t “quit” the caricatures, which have been revealed in satirical journal Charlie Hebdo.
The cartoons are thought-about blasphemous in Islam. Macron’s feedback triggered widespread anger in lots of Muslim-majority nations.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan criticized Macron and retailers confronted calls to boycott French items in Kuwait, Qatar and Jordan.
The Turkish International Ministry mentioned Thursday that the nation “strongly condemns” the Good assault. In an announcement, the ministry provided its “condolences to the family of those that misplaced their lives.”
The French Council of the Muslim Religion strongly denounced Thursday’s assault and known as on French Muslims to cancel Thursday’s Mawlid celebrations.
Mawlid is widely known by some Muslims to mark the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed.
“I strongly condemn the terrorist assault that passed off close to the Notre-Dame Basilica in Good. As an indication of mourning and solidarity with the victims and their households, I name on the Muslims of France to cancel all of the Mawlid festivities,” the council said in a publish on its Twitter account.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt additionally condemned Thursday’s lethal knife assault.
In a separate incident in Saudi Arabia on Thursday a person was arrested after attacking a guard at Jeddah’s French consulate with a pointy software, based on the dominion’s state media.
The guard sustained minor accidents and was taken to a hospital, state media added.
Politicians, officers and organizations throughout Europe have condemned the Good assault.
The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, mentioned he was deeply saddened by the incident. “This ache is felt by all of us in Europe,” he mentioned on Twitter.
“We now have an obligation to face collectively towards violence and those who search to incite and unfold hatred.”
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez provided his “deep sympathy and solidarity” to these affected.
“We are going to hold defending freedom, our democratic values, peace and safety of our citizen. United in face of terror and hatred,” he mentioned on Twitter.
CNN’s Fanny Bobille contributed to this report.