French PM pays tribute to church attack victims

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French PM pays tribute to church attack victims
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French PM Jean Castax pays tribute to victims of church attack in Nice


On Saturday, November 7, just nine days after the Notre-Dame tragedy, Prime Minister Jean Castex presided over a national tribute to the victims of the attack.

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On October 29, a young Tunisian man carrying a copy of the Quran attacked and killed three people at the Notre-Dame bascillica while shouting “Allahu Akbar”.

After a minute’s silence, Castex paid tribute to the lives of Nadine Devillers, 60, Vincent Loques, 55, and Simone Barreto Silva, 44.


“Terrorism attacks what we are, what constitutes our identity, our freedom, our culture and, lastly, our lives,” said Castex. “We know the enemy. Not only is he identified but he has a name: It is radical Islamism, a political ideology that disfigures the Muslim religion by diverting its texts, its dogma and its commands… We will not allow the the France that we love to be disfigured.”

Surrpunded by uniformed soldiers, Castex concluded the ceremony by pinning the National Medal of Recognition of Victims of Terrorism to red velvet cushions in front of pictures of the victims.


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