Killings leave town in shock and France on edge again
Residents of Magnanville have told The Local that they've been left shocked and deeply saddened after a man with known jihadist links brutally murdered two members of their small community. The killings have left France on edge again.
Published: 14 June 2016 15:12 CEST
Police gather in Magnanville on Tuesday morning. Photo: AFP
“I am astonished – he's a good lad, without issues, who delivered sandwiches around the neighbourhood,” the man told Le Figaro newspaper.
The two victims were a “respected couple”, said the Mayor of Magnanville, Michel Lebouc, who called the attack an “unspeakable” crime.
“We are going to open a crisis centre in the town to help witnesses and shocked residents,” he told reporters, calling for national solidarity.
The coldblooded attack has sent more shock waves around the whole of France and acted as an untimely reminder of what the French president described as the “very significant terror threat” the country faces.
In echoes of the November attacks in Paris, France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has once again been forced to call for the country to unite, as fears will naturally grow of retribution attacks against the Muslim community.
“No one among us should have to die for who they are. Together we have to show that the French are strong, resilient, and proud,” he said.
French PM Manuel Valls called on the public to get behind the country's police force.
“The most important things right now are respect and unity – that is, to respect the work of the police forces and to unite behind them during these times,” he said.
The attack has once again left ordinary members of France's five million strong Muslim community on edge, with leaders quickly distancing themselves from a crime carried out by a fanatic, apparently in the name of their religion.
Anouar Kbibech, the president of the French council of Muslim Faith (CFCM) described the double killing as “an abominable act”.
“We learned about this terrible act with horror,” Kbibech said, before asking all Muslims to pray for the victims.
For the moment, like the residents of Magnanville, the French have been left with countless questions about what President Hollande said was “unquestionably a terrorist attack” – not least considering the country is on high alert for the Euro 2016 football championships.
With Isis leaders having made a recent call for followers to carry out attacks, especially in the United States, France and the United Kingdom, authorities and the public will all be left fearing what might be around the corner.
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