LIVE – Knife attack in Notre-Dame basilica in Nice, three dead

⇒ 12 noon: Churches will sound the death knell at 3 p.m.

The Conference of Bishops of France, including “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims” announced that “Wherever possible, the death knell for the churches of France will sound today at 3 pm” and invites Catholics to pray for the victims.

“These assassinations remind us of the martyrdom of Father Jacques Hamel. Through these horrible acts, our whole country is affected. This terrorism aims to instill anxiety in all of our society. It is urgent that this gangrene be stopped as it is urgent that we find the indispensable fraternity which will hold us all upright in the face of these threats. “

⇒ 11:50 am: A Saudi arrested after the attack on a guard at the French consulate in Jeddah

The French consulate in Saudi Arabia announced that a guard at the consulate was attacked by a man. ” His days are not in danger. “

⇒ 11:10 am: “Christians must not become a symbol to be cut down”

The Conference of Bishops of France (CEF) described as an act “Unspeakable” the knife attack that killed three people in the Notre-Dame basilica in Nice and wished that “Christians do not become a target to shoot down”.

“We are moved, very touched and in a kind of astonishment at this kind of unspeakable act”, said Father Hugues de Woillemont, the spokesperson for the CEF. “There is an urgent need to fight this gangrene that is terrorism, in the same way that there is an urgency to put in place in a concrete way a fraternity in our country. “

⇒ 11:00 a.m .: A third person has died

Two people, a man and a woman, were killed in the Notre-Dame church and a third, seriously injured, died in a nearby bar where she had taken refuge, said the Departmental Directorate of Public Security.

⇒ 10:55 am: The CFCM calls on Muslims “to cancel all the festivities of the Mawlid festival”

The French Council for Muslim Worship (CFCM), which “Strongly condemns the terrorist attack”, ask Muslims in France to“Cancel all the festivities of the Mawlid festival. “,” As a sign of mourning and solidarity with the victims and their relatives “.

“I can only strongly condemn the cowardice of this gesture against innocent people”, declared Abdallah Zekri, general delegate of the CFCM, after this attack which occurs less than two weeks after the beheading of Samuel Paty, in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, in Yvelines.

⇒ 10:45 am: Bishop de Moulins-Beaufort: “My prayer for the victims”

“Sunday, for All Saints’ Day, we will hear from the Lord: Blessed are the peacemakers, they will be called sons of God. Happy if you are persecuted for my sake. For your reward will be great in heaven. “

⇒ 10:30 a.m .: Emmanuel Macron will travel to Nice

Emmanuel Macron will travel to Nice at the end of the morning. The Head of State must first go to the crisis unit set up at the Ministry of the Interior, along with Prime Minister Jean Castex.

⇒ 10:30 a.m .: The anti-terrorism prosecution takes up the case

The anti-terrorism prosecution has opened an investigation into “Assassination and attempted assassination in connection with a terrorist enterprise” and “Criminal terrorist association”. It was entrusted to the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police and to the General Directorate of Internal Security (DGSI).

⇒ 10:25 am: The keeper of the basilica among the dead

The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi revealed that the guard, “so appreciated by the parishioners” is one of the victims of the attack. He calls for “the unity of the Niçois”.

⇒ 10:20 am: The situation “is under control”

“The situation is under control, so don’t panic”, said the police on the spot. “The detonations you hear are caused by the Raid, demining services”, added Florence Gavello, spokesperson for the police.

⇒ 10:05 am: The death toll increased to two

Two people were killed, at least one of whom had their throat cut, and several others were injured Thursday in Nice during a knife attack in the basilica. The author was arrested.

⇒ 10 am: Jean Castex leaves the Assembly to go to the crisis unit

A minute of silence was observed Thursday in the National Assembly, in the presence of the Prime Minister, in tribute to the victims of the Nice attack just after Jean Castex’s speech on the reconfinement. The meeting was then suspended by the President of the Assembly, Richard Ferrand. Jean Castex went to the crisis unit.

“I can, once again in the very difficult circumstances that our country is going through, in the hardships it is undergoing, only call on the whole of the national representation to unity and cohesion”, the head of government told MPs, before promising that he would do “Everything possible” to then return to the hemicycle.

⇒ 9:45 a.m .: A knife attack in the Notre-Dame basic sector

A knife attack left one dead and several injured in Nice. “Everything suggests a terrorist attack”, announces the mayor of the City, Christian Estrosi.

The deputy Éric Ciotti also tweeted that an “attack” took place, “Inside the Notre-Dame church”, he asks to avoid the area. The police also recommend not going to the neighborhood.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin confirmed that a police operation was in progress, he will chair a crisis meeting with Jean Castex.


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