“Backlash”- French Muslims Fear “Backlash” Over Priests Murder in Church

France church attack: Priest killed in hostage-taking near Rouen

Al BBC-eera avoids words like “Muslims” & “Islam” to deescalate the situation. We need this kind of sensitivity to not aggravate Muslims…..

Police car and barricades on street in St Etienne du Rouvray in France - 26 July 2016Image copyrightAPTN
Image captionPolice closed the road leading to the church

A priest has been killed in an attack by two armed men at his church near Rouen in northern France, police and French media have said.

The armed men entered the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during Mass, taking the priest, Fr Jacques Hamel, 84, and four other people hostage.

French TV said shots had been heard after police arrived at the scene. Both hostage-takers are now dead.

Pope Francis decried the “pain and horror of this absurd violence”.

French interior ministry spokesman, Pierre-Henri Brandet, said one of the hostages had been critically wounded.

He said the hostage-takers had been “neutralised” after coming out of the church. Police were now searching the church for explosives.

The area has been cordoned off and police have told people to stay away.


Mr Brandet said the motive of the attackers was not immediately clear, but the investigation into the incident would be led by anti-terrorism prosecutors.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has expressed his horror at the “barbaric attack”.

“The whole of France and all Catholics are wounded. We will stand together,” he wrote on Twitter.

President Francois Hollande has arrived in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray to be briefed by police.

The Archbishop of Rouen, Dominique Lebrun, who was attending a Catholic gathering in Poland, said: “I cry out to God with all men of goodwill. I would invite non-believers to join in the cry.

“The Catholic Church cannot take weapons other than those of prayer and brotherhood among men.”

St Etienne du Rouvray map

A woman who works at a local beauty parlour, Eulalie Garcia, said she had known the priest since her childhood.

“My family has lived here for 35 years and we have always known him,” she said.

“He was someone who was treasured by the community. He was very discreet and didn’t like to draw attention to himself.”

There was no immediate word on the identity of the hostage-takers, but France has been on high alert since the Bastille Day attack in Nice earlier this month, when a man ploughed a lorry into celebrating crowds, killing more than 80 people.

The Nice attack was carried out by Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, who was not a known jihadist but so-called Islamic State said he had acted in response to its calls to target civilians in countries that have been attacking it.

The BBC’s Lucy Williamson in Paris says the French government has been under huge pressure to prevent further attacks.

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7 thoughts on ““Backlash”- French Muslims Fear “Backlash” Over Priests Murder in Church”

  1. BBC and Sky news no longer able to sweep such attrocities under their carpets.And
    Just for how much longer will this cultural enrichment go unchallenged?
    I am personally losing patience with our main shitstain media and the governments deliberately appeasing these stone age barbarian believers of myths.
    The media warcry of “It’s got nothing to do with islam”,is tiresome and insulting to our intelligence.
    In the meantime, light the candles and tealights. Bring the soft cuddly toys, bouquets and cards of condolences. Gather round to hear for the feckin umpteenth time the John Lennon “Imagine “song tinkling out from the piano,as the shrine is carefully tended by the “solidarity” brigade…..
    And finally, don’t forget to wave those placards high in the air while the cards attached to the bouquets read in bold letters “WHY?”…..
    What? You still don’t understand why?
    I thought you were happy with the excuses and deception from your governments and media.Just keep telling yourselves that it has nothing to do with islam….And that’s how we win against terrorism. Because it’s obviously working isn’t it?

    1. Great post.

      I wonder if some Chinese manufacturer has the rights to make and sell all the appropriate cards, flowers, soft toys, candles for the coming years.

      1. Just a thought here. I think Catholics might have more to fear than Muslims. Did I miss something or did the reporters?

    2. First they came for the Jews in Israel and many Europeans though, and most still do, that it is is all right and the Jews have it coming. Not long ago a several rabbis at prayer were murdered in Jerusalem and all Europeans had to say to the Israelis is to show restrain and show ‘good will’.

      Looks like now the Muslims are coming after Christianity and poor Europeans are wondering why this is happening to them. After all, they have been supporting all Muslim causes, they have been condemning and undermining Israel, they have been supporting Muslim terrorists like the PLO and it’s new incarnation PA, they had defended the Hamas and even the Hezbollah. Many of them like to blame the USA and Israel for their predicament, instead of looking in the mirror.

  2. It’s the fucking Monty Python “PIRANHA BROTHERS” sketch writ large! This treasonous crime-pandering goes way beyond the mere individuals’ “Stockholm Syndrome” of decades past!

  3. Hey, if the shoe fits! Don’t see many leading Islamic people coming out and protesting against what these mongrels do!
    They stay silent and hope it continues so they can continue to play the victim card.

  4. Think it is time for a backlash to begin.
    Who was it that said “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth?”
    Qur’an, 2:178:
    This is a state of war. We have to deal with these Bedouin barbarians. Time to call in the army and when the army is called in to restore order, we know we are in a state of civil war, whether the government says so or not.

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