The Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice, where the terrorist attack took place on Thursday.


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The attack that claimed the lives of three people in Nice on Thursday sparked outrage.

In particular within the Catholic Church, affected within it since the terrorist acted at the Notre-Dame basilica of the Riviera city.

The Archbishop of Strasbourg, Mgr Luc Ravel, called on Wednesday to "eradicate this underground and poisonous plant, Islamism, which is harmful to everyone, including Muslim communities".

“If there is a war to be waged, it is there and it is superimposed on the epidemic crisis.

We try to add terror to the anxiety.

Fear will not win if we stand together, he wrote in a statement.

It's a war and let's stop talking about lone wolves: it's not about a series of deranged people, but resurgences of the same evil rhizome.


"All this is to vomit"

The former chaplain-in-chief of the Armies also made a connection between the assassination by two jihadists of Father Jacques Hamel in July 2016 in his church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray (Seine-Maritime) and the attack on Thursday in Nice.

“A priest yesterday, a sacristan today, and Christians, men and women praying, massacred by the same Islamist terrorism, after and with Jews, Muslims and unbelievers.

I cry from the bottom of my bowels all these victims and their families […] All this is to be vomited.


Bishop Hamel concludes with a more positive message: “Let us pray for peace in the world and peace in our France.



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