- Title: President Macron attends commemoration mass for murdered French priest
- Date: 26th July 2017
- Summary: SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, FRANCE (JULY 26, 2017) (AGENCY POOL) VARIOUS OF ENVOY OF FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARRIVING OUTSIDE CHURCH WHERE FATHER JACQUES HAMEL WAS MURDERED MACRON GETTING OUT OF CAR AND GREETING GROUP OUTSIDE CHURCH MACRON TALKING MACRON GREETING ARCHBISHOP OF ROUEN, MONSIGNOR DOMINIQUE LEBRUN MACRON FOLLOWING LEBRUN
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- Keywords: president faith Macron killing murder attack Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray religion Jacques Hamel Father Normandy commemoration priest
- Location: SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, FRANCE
- City: SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA0016RCT7PJ
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France marked on Wednesday (July 26) the one-year anniversary of the murder of Father Jacques Hamel by Islamist militants in a Normandy church, in a commemoration attended by President Emmanuel Macron and other government officials.
Macron attended the ceremony in the same church and at exactly the same time the Hamel was saying mass, when he was murdered. French prime minister Edouard Philippe, interior minister Gerard Collomb, and various representatives of the Muslim faith were also present.
On July 26th 2016, the Father was leading morning mass in the small town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near the northern city of Rouen, when two militants stormed in, forced the 85-year-old to his knees and slit his throat.
The assailants linked to Islamic State took four other people hostage, one of whom was seriously wounded.
Police shot the attackers dead as they emerged from the church with their hostages and raided an apartment to arrest another suspect.
The attack was the first on a church in western Europe. It came just 12 days after a Tunisian who had pledged allegiance to Islamic State drove his truck through a crowd of Bastille Day revellers in Nice city, killing 84 people.
Islamist militants have killed more than 200 people in France since January 2015.
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