- THE INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT ON TERRORISM - Oct 29, 2020 -
France is under attack because of cartoons.
Three people were killed at a church in Nice Thursday – with one woman reportedly beheaded – by a man shouting "Allahu Akhbar." Meanwhile, police in Montfavet shot and killed a man wielding a gun also shouting "Allahu Akhbar."
The country has raised its terrorist threat warning to its highest level.
The beheading is the second in France this month, coming on the heels of President Emmanuel Macron's strong defense for the right to publish images of Islam's prophet Muhammad. Macron also has proposed steps to curb radicalization and Islamist separatism in his country.
France has endured some of the world's worst Islamist terror attacks in the past five years.
They started in January 2015, when two brothers killed 12 people at the office of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine that had published cartoons of Islam's prophet Muhammad. A day later, a third terrorist killed a policewoman before taking hostages inside a kosher Paris grocery, and murdering four of them.
That fall, a series of attacks in Paris ended with another 130 innocent people killed, most inside the Bataclan concert hall and others at cafes and outside a stadium.
Charlie Hebdo republished some of the controversial Muhammad caricatures in September, as 14 alleged accomplices in the 2015 attack were about to stand trial. In response to the cartoons, a Pakistani immigrant to France stabbed two people near the site of the old Charlie Hebdo offices.