The Saudi Arabian police arrested a man outside the French consulate in Jeddah. He allegedly stabbed a guard because of the high anti-French sentiment throughout the Muslim world and obvious incidents in two French cities. Terrorist attacks.
The Saudi News Agency said that Saudi nationals used a “sharp tool” to hurt the guards who were receiving treatment in the hospital.
According to reports, the attack took place within a few hours. Three of them were killed in a church in Nice, several others were wounded, and a man who allegedly attacked the police in Avignon was shot. There is no indication that the incident has been coordinated.
The French Embassy in Riyadh issued a statement confirming the incident. It said: “The stabbing incident occurred at the French Consulate General in Jeddah this morning. The target was a security guard-an employee of a private security company-and Saudi security forces immediately arrested the perpetrator.”
The statement read: “The French Embassy strongly condemns the vicious attack on diplomatic facilities, adding that the embassy “affirmed its full support to the victims and expressed confidence in the Saudi authorities to expose the circumstances of the accident and ensure that it occurs. The safety of French facilities and the French community in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”.
Due to French President Emmanuel Macron’s attack on French Muslims and his support for the prophet Muhammad’s satirical power, anti-French sentiment has been high in many Muslim countries this week.
Leaders of several Muslim-majority countries, state-affiliated and independent media organizations, and clerical institutions in several countries called for a boycott of French products, and Paris issued a security warning to its citizens earlier this week.
Several incidents in the past month have intensified tensions, including French satirist Charlie Hebdo (Charlie Hebdo) on the eve of the trial of the terrorists suspected of participating in the 2015 attack on the magazine’s office. Charlie Hebdo’s cartoon was republished with the same image.
Macron also delivered a speech in early October calling for the reform of Islam in France, saying that the religion is “in crisis” in many parts of the world. He acknowledged the suffering caused by French colonialism in North Africa, but this speech was rarely welcomed in the Muslim world.
Tensions have increased sharply in the past two weeks after young Chechen descent beheaded Samuel Paty, whose teacher showed Muhammad’s paintings.
In response to the attack, the French president posthumously awarded Paty the country’s highest honor and doubled his campaign against what he called “Islamic separatism.” He also defended the right of French citizens to express themselves freely, including the right to express themselves through cartoons.
Protests against France took place in Baghdad and Dhaka this week. The Iranian authorities gathered the top French diplomat in Tehran to protest Macron’s actions.