French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanen said that the country is threatened by terrorists, and its citizens are "in a war against Islamist ideology." He stressed that he does not mean religion and speaks of extremists who want to impose their own order with the help of violence. The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs condemned the statements of some foreign politicians and urged them not to "propagate hatred."
“We are now at war - against an enemy that is both internal and external. We are not at war with Islam, but with ideology. Islamist ideology wants to plant its own cultural code everywhere, its own orders, to control the emotions of people, and to control them through terror. They have already achieved this in several countries. , - said Darmanen on the air of the RTL TV channel.
The minister added that it is necessary to expect new attacks from extremists. “We are now particularly susceptible to such attacks because of the statements of several foreign leaders who supported anger and hatred. I remember scandalous statementsRecep Tayyip Erdogan and his ministers. Sadly, I read the words of the ex-Prime Minister of Malaysia [Mahathira Mohamad] ", - he noted, referring to the words of Mohamad about «deserving punishment "French
Earlier, the incident in Nice was commented on by the mayor of the city, Christian Estrosi, and the rector of the Orthodox St. Nicholas Cathedral, Archpriest Andrei Eliseev. They both sharply criticized the actions of the extremists and said that the authorities need to seriously think about the safety of the French. “The French have made some sacrifices earlier to fight the coronavirus. Now we are fighting another virus - the virus of Islamo-fascism Estrosi said.
Several armed attacks took place in France on October 29. In the morning, a man armed with a knife killed three people and wounded several more outside the Notre Dame church in the center of Nice. The attacker was detained. In the city of Avignon, the police shot and killed a man who threatened passers-by with a knife. In Lyon, a man was also caught with a knife swinging it at a tram stop. As a result of his actions, no one was hurt, as it turned out later, he was mentally ill.
In connection with the attacks, the authorities have declared the maximum level of terrorist threat. On October 30, an extraordinary meeting of the French National Defense Council will be held due to the increased frequency of attacks in the country.