Tens of thousands of Muslims protested in Bangladesh on Friday after killings by a Tunisian migrant in a French church prompted a vow by President Emmanuel Macron to hold his ground against attacks on his country’s values and freedom of belief.
Protesters marching through the streets of Dhaka, the capital of Muslim-majority Bangladesh, chanted “Boycott French products” and carried banners calling Macron “the world’s biggest terrorist.” (Reuters)
France raised its security alert to the highest level on Thursday after a knife-wielding man shouting “Allahu akbar” (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman in a church and killed two more people before being shot and taken away by police.
“We will not give any ground,” Macron said outside the church in the city of Nice, vowing to deploy thousands more soldiers to guard sites such as places of worship and schools.
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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 29, 2020
Thursday’s attack came less than two weeks after a middle-school teacher in a Paris suburb was beheaded by an 18-year-old assailant who was apparently incensed that the teacher had shown a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad in class.
France has suffered a string of Islamist militant attacks, from bombings and shootings in 2015 in Paris that killed 130 people to a 2016 attack in Nice that killed 86 when a militant drove a truck through a seafront crowd celebrating Bastille Day.