Several calls to boycott French products were launched last week after President Emmanuel Macron defended the right to caricature the Prophet Muhammad.
Macron’s comments came after the brutal murder of Samuel Paty, a middle school teacher who showed his students drawings of the Prophet during a discussion about free speech.
Yasser Louati, a French civil rights activist, said the perpetrators of such crimes made no distinction between Muslims and Christians and subscribed to an ideology foreign to Islam.
“A woman was beheaded inside a church, it means that these people have nothing to do with the sacred. There are no moral limits for them, ”Louati told Al Jazeera.
“About 750 people have been killed in mosques around the world, why can’t we connect the dots and see that this ideology has spread and that we have lost the battle of ideas so far.
“We treat these attacks as if they were separate from each other when they are not.”
‘Fall into madness’
Idriss Sihamedi, an activist whose prominent charity Barakacity was dissolved Wednesday by authorities over allegations of incitement to hatred, denounced the knife attack.
“These attacks are serious, and the fact that it is happening in places where people come to seek peace makes it doubly serious,” he said in a tweet.
“Support for the families of the victims, but also for the faithful. France sinks into madness, hatred, anger and revenge.
These attacks are serious, and the fact that this is happening in places where people come to seek peace is doubly serious. Support for the families of the victims, but also for the faithful.
France sinks into madness, hatred, anger and revenge.
Everything is dark.
– Idriss Sihamedi (@IdrissSihamedi) October 29, 2020
Meanwhile, Faiza Ben Mohammed, a journalist, thought it was useful to remind her immense social media following that the Prophet stood for values such as peace and coexistence.
The Prophet Muhammad said: “Whoever harms a Jew or a Christian will find in me his adversary on the Day of Judgment” # Nice06
– Feïza Ben Mohamed 🧕🏼 (@FeizaBM) October 29, 2020
“The Prophet Muhammad said: ‘Whoever wrongs a Jew or a Christian will find his opponent in me on the day of judgment.’
Fatima Ouassak from the parents’ union Front de Mères expressed her sympathy for the families of the victims, saying it was important for people to show solidarity in these difficult times.
« [We are] against the hate-makers responsible for the infernal cycle and the climate of terror of which we are victims, let us remain united! Solidarity, equality, justice and respect for human dignity. “
Condolences to the relatives of the victims of the knife attack in Nice 🤲
Against the hate-makers responsible for the infernal cycle and the climate of terror of which we are all victims, let’s stay the course!
Solidarity, for equality, justice, and respect for human dignity
– Fatima Ouassak (@FOuassak) October 29, 2020
This was also the case for Sébastien Abdelhamid, television host, who expressed “anger and disgust” at what happened in Nice.
“All my thoughts to the victims and their families. What barbarism… these people are not human… It is not possible #nice. “
Anger, sadness, disgust, a sense of helplessness and injustice when I see what happened nice. All my thoughts to the victims and their families. What barbarism, what is more in a Church .. these people are not human .. it is not possible #pleasant
– Sébastien-Abdelhamid (@SAbdelhamid) October 29, 2020
Others expressed outrage at the way some members of the political establishment attempted to exploit the event for political gain.
Reacting to the news in a tweet, far-right leader Marine Le Pen said that “the dramatic acceleration of acts of Islamic war against our fellow citizens … requires … a global response aimed at eradicating Islamism” from French soil.
“You realize that she is using the attack in her political interest … even before showing her support for the victims”, he told me a Twitter user.