The southern French city of Nice mourns the death of three people killed by a suspected jihadist attack at a church.
This latest attack comes within a few weeks of a French teacher’s beheading by a Muslim extremist.
A makeshift memorial has been set up outside the Notre-Dame basilica, where people have placed flowers and lit candles for the recent victims.
French President Emmanuel Macron said the recent death of the three French citizens resulted from an “Islamist terrorist attack”.
President Macron has scheduled an emergency meeting with senior ministers.
The French President Emmanuel Macron sparked outrage across the Muslim world by accusing French Muslims of “separatism” and describing Islam as “a religion in crisis all over the world.”
His statement prompted calls from many leaders in Muslim countries to boycott French products and the French ambassadors’ expulsion to their capitals.
Macron’s comment came against the backdrop of the killing of a schoolteacher who had shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in a class.
Muslims see any depiction of the Prophet Muhammad as blasphemous.
Following the latest attack, police shot and wounded the suspected knifeman, identified as a 21-year-old Tunisian who had only recently arrived in Europe. He is said to be in critical condition in a hospital.
Nigel Bell Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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