The nation’s interior minister Gerald Darmanin has warned there would be more attacks on French soil and claimed the country was engaged in a “war against Islamist ideology”. Mr Darmanin told RTL radio: “We are in a war against an enemy that is both inside and outside. We need to understand that there have been and there will be other events such as these terrible attacks.”
On Thursday morning, a Tunisian man called Brahim al-Aouissaoui killed three people at a church in Nice.
In the violent rampage, the 21-year-old man beheaded a 60-year-old, slit the throat of a sexton, and stabbed to death a Brazilian mother-of-three.
The victims were identified as Vincent Loquès, 55, Simone Barreto Silva, 44, and an unnamed 60-year-old woman.
France has increased the number of soldiers stationed across the country to protect schools and religious sites.
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Jean-François Gourdon, who was treasurer of the basilica at the heart of the attack, said: “I saw Vincent that morning. We had coffee opposite.
“For once, I left early. I have a lot of anger.
“Vincent was always so full of compassion and joie de vivre.
“We’re becoming a Lebanon with all these fanatics.
“You see how that turned out? We don’t want to become Europe’s Lebanon.”
The brutal attack in the Nice church comes after images of the Prophet Mohammed were republished by French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.