French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said today that France was “at war with Islamic terrorism,” two days after the knife attack on the old offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. The attack seriously injured two people.
“The interior minister is here to remind the French of the reality. We are in a very critical situation, we are in a war against Islamic terrorism and we may have put it back a little bit collectively,” he told reporters during a visit to the Boulogne-Billancourt Synagogue near Paris for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.
Darmanin recalled that “32 attacks” have been prevented in France of the last three years.
“It’s almost one a month,” he emphasized.
“I have asked the Paris police chief to step up security at a number of venues, including those that may be symbolic,” the minister said in a statement.
“Jews in particular are the target of Islamist attacks,” he said, referring to “774 places (schools, synagogues) that are protected,” with more than 7,000 police and military mobilized today for Yom Kippur.
The main suspect in the attack in front of Charlie Hebdo’s old offices “confessed his act” on Saturday, admitting that his target was the weekly satirical newspaper, which recently republished cartoons of Islam’s founder, Mohammad, according to sources close to the investigations
The Pakistani-born man believed that the location he targeted was still Charlie Hebdo’s offices, according to the same source.
The withdrawal of Charlie Hebdo, who moved to a secret place four years ago, has come under renewed threat after the satirical newspaper republished cartoons of Mohammed on September 2 at the start of the bloody trial against the accomplices of the bloodthirsty attack in 2015 against its editorial team.
On that fateful day on January 7, 2015 a horrific terrorist attack was carried out by two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, who killed 12 people and injured another 11.