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Brutal ‘terrorist attack’ beheading reported in Nice, France, amid escalating tensions in Mohammad cartoon row

Reports from Nice, France, indicate that at least three people have been brutally attacked, including one who was beheaded and another two who have been confirmed dead, inside a church in Nice, France.

The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, has already stated that “everything points to a terrorist attack” as the country faces increasing unrest in its Muslim community over the display of cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammad.

Initial reports indicated that the attack occurred at the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice, and that three people had been attacked. Two people were killed at the scene in what Estrosi described as a “horrible way.” It was later revealed that at least one victim had been beheaded. A third person was able to flee the attacker after being stabbed, but medical personnel were reportedly not able to save the victim’s life. The victims are reportedly two men and a women, but they have not yet been identified.

According to NPR, Estrosi called this was an attack on the whole Christian world and noted that he had already spoken with French President Emmanuel Macron.

The attacker was reportedly shot by police, according to CNN, but remains alive. According to Radio France Internationale, Estrosi reported that the attacker continued yelling “Allahu Akbar” even after being administered pain medication and sedation for his gunshot wound.

The shocking attack comes as the Muslim world has fumed with anger at the French government for refusing to take action against French citizens for public displays of the prophet Mohammad. Those displays are, in turn, a show of solidarity and support for free expression after a French school teacher was beheaded by a Chechen refugee on Oct. 16 in an apparent reprisal for having shown the Mohammad cartoons to his class.

Many heads of state of majority-Muslim countries have called for a boycott of French goods and protests — some violent — have erupted across the globe. Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been particularly pointed in his criticism of Macron’s defense of free expression, to the point that France has recalled its ambassador to Turkey.

Muslim anger directed at France has become so acute that the French government has warned its citizens about traveling abroad in certain countries.

A visibly disturbed Macron visited the site of the attack and toured the site with Estrosi later on Thursday. Macron thanked police officers present for their work apprehending the suspect and condemned the attack. The French National Assembly held a moment of silence for the victims early on Thursday after news of the attack broke.

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Muslims around the world are boycotting France after President Macron refuses to condemn cartoons of Muhammed

Muslims around the world are calling for a boycott of products made in France after the president said he would affirm free speech rights of his citizens, including that of depictions of the Islamic religious figure Muhammed.

The clash in cultures came after Samuel Paty, a French teacher, was beheaded by a Muslim immigrant after he showed controversial cartoons of the Islamic figure to his students near Paris.

The killing sparked protests by French citizens defending free speech but also a boycott by Muslims who are demanding French President Emmanuel Macron denounce the cartoons.

Some took to social media to show support for the boycott of French products.

One restaurant in Kuwait reportedly invited customers to step on images of Macron to show their disrespect for him and the country of France.

Macron declared at a ceremony for the murdered teacher that France would not denounce the controversial cartoons despite the anger expressed by Muslims.

“He was killed because Islamists want our future,” Macron said. “They will never have it.”

Law enforcement officials took 15 people into custody over the murder of the teacher, and they have performed dozens of raids of suspected Islamist extremists in the country, according to the BBC. Investigators said that Paty had told Muslim students that they could leave the classroom if they felt that they would be offended by the cartoons.

On Monday, Secretary-General of the Muslim World League Mohammed al-Issa said that Muslims were not against free speech but against hatred.

“We are not against legitimate freedoms, but we are against employing those freedoms for material gain, undermining their value,” said al-Issa to Al Arabiya.

“We are also against the consequential spread of hatred and racism,” he added.

Al-Issa went on to say that insulting Muhammed should not be tolerated, even as free speech.

News video from Kuwait showed that grocery stores were clearing their shelves of French products in support of the worldwide boycott.

Here’s video of the French boycott in Kuwait:


Kuwait: Supermarkets remove French products from shelves over Macron’s Islam comments

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