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French PM: Radical Islamism is the enemy

  • Published at 01:56 pm November 7th, 2020
Jean Castex
French Prime Minister Jean Castex delivers a speech during a ceremony to pay tribute to the victims of a deadly knife attack at Notre Dame basilica on October 29, 2020 in Nice, France November 7, 2020 Reuters

‘Radical Islamism is a political ideology that distorts the Muslim religion by twisting its scriptures’

French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Saturday lamented the killings of three people killed by a knife attacker in Mediterranean city Nice and named "radical Islamism" as an "enemy" for the country.

"We know the enemy, it has not only been identified, but has a name, it's radical Islamism," Castex told a memorial service in Nice, recalling that the city had already paid a "heavy toll" when 86 people were killed in a 2016 truck ramming attack against a crowd on France's July 14 national day.

Radical Islamism is "a political ideology which distorts the Muslim religion by twisting its scriptures," he added.

"Every time it's France that's in the sights, is the target of terrorism," Castex said.

In response to the Nice attack, believed to have been carried out by a recently-arrived Tunisian migrant, French President Emmanuel Macron has begun pushing for tighter security at the external borders of Europe's Schengen free-travel zone.

With the continent also stunned after a gunman killed four in the Austrian capital Vienna on Monday, France has already doubled the number of guards on borders with its EU neighbours, to 4,800, and raised its terror alert level to the highest setting.

Ministers are also pressing north African former colonies Tunisia and Algeria to take back their citizens convicted in France of terrorism offences.

Also read - Macron: France fighting Islamist extremism, not Islam

The Nice attack echoed the killing two weeks earlier of schoolteacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded by an 18-year-old Chechen refugee after showing his class cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) during a lesson on freedom of speech.

In September, a man had attacked people outside the former offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which originally published the caricatures.

In a country on edge, 200 investigations were opened last week alone for supporting terrorism, death threats, insults or hate speech related to Paty's killing.

Numbers were "exploding", a judicial source said. "We have many threats targeting politicians, the president, the prime minister, several ministers, MPs, teachers," with many referring to "decapitation".

But Paris Prosecutor Remy Heitz noted that the probes target "all kinds of people, radicalized people but also people with mental health problems or who send a message without realising how serious it is".

A number of schoolchildren have been targeted in probes over support for terrorism, some after joking about or sharing pictures of Paty's death.

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