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PM Modi condemns terror attacks in France

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Following the recent terror attacks in France, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condemned the attacks. PM Modi said India stands with France in the fight against terrorism.

PM Modi tweets

PM Modi took to Twitter to condole the deaths of the victims who lost their lives in the terror attacks. He said: “I strongly condemn the recent terrorist attacks in France, including today’s heinous attack in Nice inside a church. Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and the people of France. India stands with France in the fight against terrorism.”

Terror attack in Nice

A knife-wielding attacker beheaded a woman and killed two others in a suspected terrorist attack at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, while a gunman was shot dead by police in a separate incident.

The gruesome beheading reportedly took place inside Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice on Thursday morning.

Within hours of the Nice attack, police killed a man who had threatened passersby with a handgun in Montfavet, near the southern French city of Avignon. He was also shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest).

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In Saudi Arabia on Thursday, state television reported that a Saudi man had been arrested in the city of Jeddah after attacking and injuring a guard at the French consulate.

The French Embassy said the consulate was subject to an “attack by knife which targeted a guard”, adding the guard was taken to hospital and his life was not in danger.

MEA supported French President’s remarks on Islam & radicalism

Earlier this week, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issued a statement in support of French President Emmanuel Macron over his remarks on Islam and radicalism.

The MEA in a statement said: “We strongly deplore the personal attacks in unacceptable language on President Emmanuel Macron in violation of the most basic standards of international discourse.”

Responding to the statement, French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain had said in a tweet, “Thank you @MEAIndia. France and India can always count on each other in the fight against terrorism.”

Led by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a number of primarily Islamic countries came out in opposition to French President Macron’s remarks.

Emmanuel Macron had issued a statement defending cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad which led to the beheading of French teacher Samuel Paty on October 16. The President of France had also said that Islam was a religion in “crisis”.

 

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