French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanan said that his country is “in a war against Islamic terrorism”, two days after a white weapon attack on a man and a woman in front of the old headquarters of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
During a visit to a synagogue in the suburb of Boulogne-Biancourt, adjacent to Paris, on the occasion of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, Darmanan announced that his visit “is to remind the French of the reality … We are in a very delicate situation in the war against Islamic terrorism, and we may collectively have forgotten that to some extent.”
He added, “I asked the Paris Police Department to strengthen the protection of a number of sites, including symbolic sites,” such as the former headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper.
“The Jews in particular are the target of Islamic attacks,” he said, speaking of “774 points” of schools and temples “under protection” and the mobilization of more than 7,000 police and soldiers on Sunday on the occasion of Yom Kippur.
He stated that “32 attacks” had been thwarted in France over the past three years, and that “roughly equal to one attack every month”.
This comes two days after a white weapon attack in front of the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris, where the main suspect in the attack admitted that he had targeted the satirical magazine for its recent publication of cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad.