Emmanuel Macron met with Pope Francis on Friday October 30 and told him “Affirmed that he would continue to fight relentlessly against extremism so that all French people can live their faith in peace and without fear”, indicated Élysée.
This conversation took place the day after the knife attack in the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption basilica in Nice. The Head of State, in fact, “Wished to speak to him, at a time when the Catholics of France were so violently injured and the French as a whole shocked by this attack”. For his part, “The Pope expressed in return his fraternal support for the French”, added the services of the presidency.
During this interview, the Head of State also mentioned the memory of Father Hamel, assassinated on July 26, 2016 in the Saint-Etienne church in Rouvray.
Importance of dialogue between religions
The President of the French Republic and Pope Francis share a “Total convergence of view” sure “The absolute rejection of terrorism and the ideology of hatred which divides, kills and endangers peace”, still communicates the Élysée and insist on the importance of dialogue between religions.
The French government has decided to strengthen security measures around Christian places of worship for this All Saints weekend, while announcing the mobilization of 4,000 additional soldiers to strengthen Operation Sentinel, in the course of next week. .