Muslims are the main victims of fanaticism, fundamentalism and intolerance : French President
Nirapad News : French President Francois Hollande has said Muslims suffered the most from fundamentalism and intolerance, as the country deals with the fallout from a string of Islamist attacks.
“It is Muslims who are the main victims of fanaticism, fundamentalism and intolerance,” President Hollande said.
He was speaking at the Arab World Institute in Paris, which has the phrase “Je suis Charlie” on its building in the wake of the attacks.
Three attacks, including on Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket last week, left 17 people dead
Funeral ceremonies for five of the victims will be held later.
Among them are two of Charlie Hebdo’s best known cartoonists, Bernard Verlhac and Georges Wolinski.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged today to heighten security measures against Islamist extremists.
“Hate preachers, violent delinquents who act in the name of Islam, those behind them, and the intellectual arsonists of international terrorism will be rigorously fought with all legal means at the disposal of the state,” she said.
Meanwhile, it has emerged that French Islamist gunman Amedy Coulibaly spent three days in Madrid before last week’s attacks.
Spanish police are now investigating whether he had a support there, according to a French newspaper.
He was in Madrid between 30 December and 2 January with another person who has not yet been identified, Barcelona-based daily newspaper La Vanguardia reported.
Coulibaly shot dead a policewoman in Paris on 8 January before killing four hostages he took at a kosher supermarket in the east of the French capital the following day.
His partner, Hayat Boumeddiene, is known to have been in the Spanish capital before last week’s attacks.
Turkish authorities said Boumeddiene crossed into Syria on 8 January from Turkey after arriving in Istanbul on a flight from Madrid.
Coulibaly, 32, died when police stormed the supermarket on Friday.