Hollande Says Paris Attack Has Nothing to Do With Islam

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A woman holds a placard that reads, "Hand in hand against barbarity", during a vigil to pay tribute to the victims of a shooting by gunmen at the offices of weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, at Republique square January 7, 2015. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal
A woman holds a placard that reads, “Hand in hand against barbarity”, during a vigil to pay tribute to the victims of a shooting by gunmen at the offices of weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, at Republique square January 7, 2015. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

PARIS (Agencies) French President Francois Hollande has called for vigilance and unity in the face of the shocking acts of violence in the European country.
Hollande, addressing the nation, appealed to his citizens that they not see the violence this week as the product of Islam, but rather as the acts of “fanatics” that “have nothing to do with the Muslim religion.”
He also seemed to prepare the nation for a new era of uncertainty. “France is not finished with this threat,” he said.
The United States on Friday warned Americans to beware of “terrorist actions and violence” all over the world, following the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish supermarket in Paris.
“Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that US citizens need to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness,” the State Department said. Around 700,000 people have poured out onto the streets of France on Saturday to pay tribute to the 17 people killed during three days of terror, the interior minister said.
“Around 700,000 people have marched” in cities around France, Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters.
European leaders will make an extraordinary show of support for France by joining a mass rally in Paris this weekend.
British Prime Minister David Cameron and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, whose countries have suffered major terror attacks in the past decade, were among the first to say they would attend a huge rally in Paris on Sunday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said they would also come.
European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said they would attend the Paris rally as well, accompanied by the EU’s foreign affairs supremo Federica Mogherini.
Britain’s Prince Harry meanwhile signed a book of condolence in London.

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