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In this live blog, we will keep you informed of the latest news about the incidents in the French cities of Nice and Avignon and the stabbing at the French consulate in the Saudi city of Jeddah.



  • Three people were killed in an attack with a knife in a church in Nice.

  • The perpetrator was shot during his arrest and is in hospital.

  • The mayor of Nice speaks of a terrorist act.

  • More than two hours after the attack in Nice, agents shot a man with a gun in Avignon.

  • A man stabbed a guard from the French consulate in Jeddah.

'Police arrest man with knife in Lyon and two others'


After the stabbing in a church in Nice, the French police had to intervene twice today, write local media

Le Figaro

and

Le Monde

based on insiders at the police.

At around 11 a.m., the police arrested a confused man who was shouting threats in the street.

In a second incident, an Afghan man in djellaba and combat clothing was arrested and armed with a 12-inch knife.

The man is said to be known to the intelligence services as a radical Islamist.

He is said to have been arrested after seventeen residents had made reports to the police. 



Also in the northern French Sartrouville, the police would have arrested a man around 1 p.m., after his father had called in the police, writes

Le Parisien

The man would also have wanted to carry out an attack, his father said.

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What we know so far about the three victims in Nice


For the time being, the French police have confirmed little about the victims of the stabbing at Notre-Dame in Nice.

Based on insiders from the French newspaper 

Le Monde

, the following appears to have happened:



  • The first victim was attacked in the church.

    The perpetrator slit her throat and allegedly tried to decapitate her.

  • The perpetrator then stabbed the 45-year-old sexton of the church to death.

  • A woman was seriously injured in the stabbing in the church and fled to a cafe across the street from the building, where she died of her injuries. 

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Saudi Arabia: 'Extremist Actions Contradicting Every Faith' 


Saudi Arabia condemns the attack in a church in Nice, the Saudi Foreign Ministry reports.

"The kingdom categorically condemns such extremist actions, which contradict any belief. At the same time, all forms of hatred, violence and extremism must be avoided," the country said, in what appears to be a reference to cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.

French teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded almost two weeks ago for showing cartoons of the prophet during a lesson on freedom of speech.

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The terrorist attack in Nice is reason for the French Justice Minister Éric Dupond-Moretti to hold emergency consultations with a number of European colleagues and the European Commission on Friday.

Minister Ferd Grapperhaus (Justice and Security) will also be there, he says.

It is "important to fight terrorism and defend democracy together", tweeted Grapperhaus about the emergency meeting following the "terrible events in France".

On behalf of the European Commission, Didier Reynders (Justice) and Ylva Johansson (Home Affairs) were due to join on Friday.



In France, the highest threat level has applied since the attack in the southern French seaside resort.

Terrible events in France.

Tomorrow, on the initiative of French colleague Dupont-Moretti, urgent meeting with a number of EU justice ministers and European Commissioners Breton, Reynders and Johansson.

Important to fight terrorism and defend democracy together.

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Vatican on attack: 'Answer evil with good'


Pope Francis hopes that the French people will "unanimously answer evil with good," a Vatican spokesman said in a statement after the knife attack on the Roman Catholic church of Notre-Dame in Nice.

He says the Pope is currently praying for the victims.



"This is a moment of pain and confusion. Terrorism and violence can never be accepted," said Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni on the incident.

"Today's attack sowed death in a place of love and comfort, the house of the Lord."

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The House of Representatives also reacts with horror to the knife attack in Nice.


"Another terrorist attack in France, terrible," said GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver.

"Our thoughts are with the French."

SP leader Lilian Marijnissen wishes all relatives strength.

"Whatever your background, color or religion, let us unite against this barbarism."



"Again such an inhuman act against freedom," says MP Bente Becker of the VVD government party.

"Incredible and heartbreaking."



Party leader Gert-Jan Segers of the ChristenUnie calls the attack "the umpteenth battle in the long battle between Western civilization and freedom on the one hand, and Islamism on the other".

He speaks of "a life-and-death struggle that we must not lose".

The word Islamism does not refer to Islam in its entirety, but a political movement that strives for theocracy.

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"A woman said: Run, run, people are being stabbed."


The attack on a church in Nice provoked panic reactions in the area.

A 32-year-old employee of a nearby catering business says that shots were fired shortly before 9 a.m.

Then people ran to flee.

"A woman came out of the church and said, 'Run, run, someone is stabbing people,'" the waiter of Le Grand Café de Lyon told

AFP

news agency

.



The attack at Notre-Dame in the southern coastal city is said to have killed at least three and wounded six.

When the perpetrator struck, according to a cleric, no mass was taking place.

The church does open at 8:00 am and people come to pray "at all times", according to Father Philippe Asso.

After the attack, police and other emergency services arrived at the scene with dozens of vehicles.

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Highest threat level in France due to terrorist attack in Nice


After the attack in Nice, France has

gone

to the

highest threat level

, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced.

The amendment gives the French government more options to introduce security measures.

Security is now being increased at places of worship, according to the Interior Ministry.

President Macron will lead a meeting of the National Security Council on Friday.



France has three threat levels.

The highest level was also maintained after the attack on the Christmas market in Strasbourg two years ago.

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Germany, Italy, UK and Turkey shocked at Nice massacre


European government leaders have condemned the deadly attack at a church in Nice.

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs "strongly condemned" the attack in Nice on Thursday.

In a statement, Turkey declares its solidarity with the French in the fight against violence and terrorism.



German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte were shocked at the violence.

Merkel said in a statement that her country is in solidarity with France.

She said she was "deeply shocked" by the "brutal murders" at the prayer house.

Italian Conte said that "our values ​​are stronger than fanaticism, hatred and terrorism".



Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, has been "loathed" by what he calls a "barbaric attack" on Notre-Dame in Nice, he tweets in both French and English.

“Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.

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Rutte: France is not alone in the fight against extremism


France is not alone in the fight against Islamic extremism, says Prime Minister Mark Rutte in a response to the knife attack in the southern French city of Nice, which killed at least three people.



"For the second time in a short time, France is startled by a gruesome act of terrorism, this time in Nice",

tweeted

Rutte.

"Our thoughts go out to the next of kin. And we say to the French people: you are not alone in the fight against extremism. The Netherlands is next to you."

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Church

bells are ringing after the Nice attack Throughout France, church bells

are ringing at 3 pm on Thursday in tribute to the victims of the attack on a church in Nice.

This was announced by the Catholic bishops of the country.



"These people have been attacked and murdered for being in the basilica," the Conference of Bishops of France said in a statement.

"Our entire country is a victim of these heinous acts," said the bishops.

According to them, Catholics will not give in to fear and, together with the whole country, will face this "insidious threat".


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Mayor Nice: 'Attacker kept calling Allahu akbar'

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French teacher killed in violent incident earlier this month


Earlier this month, France also had to deal with a violent incident.

On October 16, teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded in Paris by an 18-year-old man of Chechen descent.

The attacker was shot by police officers.

Eleven other suspects, including family members of the perpetrator, have been arrested.



There was a hate campaign against Paty, according to French authorities.

The teacher had shown caricatures of the prophet Muhammad during a lesson on freedom of speech.



It is not yet known whether today's incidents are related to Paty's death.

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Nice: Three dead, possibly six injured


In the attack in the center of Nice, six people were injured in addition to three deaths.

That says a source at the police, who emphasizes that it concerns a provisional number of victims.



French President Emmanuel Macron will visit the city on Thursday afternoon, Mayor Christian Estrosi said.

French media report that the National Assembly, the lower house of the French parliament, has been silent for a minute.

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NCTV after attack in Nice: Alertness needed in the Netherlands


An attack such as in Nice is also not inconceivable in the Netherlands.

In response to the events in the French city, the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV) Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg says that alertness in the Netherlands remains necessary.

Aalbersberg speaks in a response to terrible reports from France.



Aalbersberg warns that radicalized people can also strike in the Netherlands.

The NCTV recently announced that the threat level is 3 out of 5.

This means that a terrorist attack in the Netherlands is 'conceivable'.

Attacks in Europe are usually provisional and committed by loners, according to the latest threat assessment, which is published a few times a year.



At least three people were killed on Thursday by an attack by an alleged Muslim extremist in the French coastal city of Nice.

Authorities believe the attacker had terrorist motives.


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EU Council President: 'All Europe is with you'


EU President Charles Michel expresses his solidarity with France and its inhabitants following the Nice massacre.

"All Europe is with you," tweeted the President of the European Council.



"My thoughts are with the victims of the horrific attack in Nice and their relatives," writes the former Belgian Prime Minister on Twitter.

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Man attacks French consulate guard in Saudi Arabia


Another incident took place in the Saudi city of Jeddah: authorities arrested a man who attacked a guard at the French consulate with a "sharp object," the French embassy reported on Twitter.

The victim would not be in danger.

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Images show officers storming the Notre-Dame church in Nice.

Cops run into church after knife attack in Nice

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Police shoot man in Avignon who threatened bystanders with gun 


Agents have shot a man in the southern French city of Avignon on Thursday morning, police confirm.

The incident took place less than two hours after the stabbing in Nice.



The man threatened passers-by with a gun, police said.

He shouted "Allahu akbar" (God is the greatest), French media report, but the police say they cannot determine whether it is terrorism and keep all options open.

The agents intervened.

No one would have been hurt.



French media previously reported that the man allegedly attacked agents with a knife.

Police later clarified that he allegedly threatened bystanders, not with a knife but with a gun.

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What we know so far about the events in Nice


The French police rushed to Notre-Dame church in the French city around 9 a.m. on Thursday morning, where a man stabbed several people.

According to the latest reports, three people have died.

A police initiate tells French media that one of the deceased, a woman, has been decapitated.

However, this has not yet been confirmed by the police.



The suspected perpetrator was shot during his arrest and is in hospital. 



The French anti-terrorism unit is going to investigate the case, the prosecution said.

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