France: Memorial set up for knife attack victims outside Notre-Dame church in Nice

Locals in Nice left flowers and candles at a makeshift memorial outside the Notre-Dame basilica on Friday, a day after a man armed with a knife killed three people and injured several others. Police officers were also seen on site. The French police have released a statement confirming the death of three people in the attack in the Nice church, while French President Emmanuel Macron, who arrived in the city around noon, condemned the incident as an «Islamic terrorist attack.» World leaders too have condemned the killings in Nice, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying she was 'deeply shaken' by the 'terrible murders' while US President Donald Trump has said «our hearts are with the people of France.» The Turkish Foreign Ministry meanwhile strongly condemned the attack in a statement. «Those who conducted this savage attack at a sacred place of worship do not clearly share any religious, humane or moral values,'' it reads. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also spoke out against the violence. «This escalating vicious cycle-hate speech, provocations & violence-must be replaced by reason & sanity,» he tweeted. Tensions have been escalating in France following the beheading of a school teacher in Paris on October 16, after he showed cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad to his students during a discussion on freedom of speech.

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