Hollande Cancels Visit to Czech Republic Following Normandy Church Attack

Posted: July 27, 2016 in Uncategorized
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French President Francois Hollande canceled a planned visit to the Czech Republic following the recent terrorist attack at the church in Normandy, the Elysee Palace said on Tuesday.

PARIS (Sputnik) — Hollande was scheduled to pay an official visit to the Czech Republic on July 27. He was due to meet with his Czech counterpart Milos Zeman, as well as with Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka.

Hollande was initially set to visit the Czech Republic on July 20, as part of his tour to a number of European countries aimed to discuss reforming the European Union following the public vote in the United Kingdom to leave the bloc, but the tour was postponed after the terrorist attack in Nice.

French President Francois Hollande (C) flanked by Hubert Wulfranc mayor of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray (L) and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (R), speaks to the press as he leaves the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray's city hall following a hostage-taking at a church of the town on July 26, 2016 that left the priest dead.

Earlier in the day, two armed men took five people hostage at the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray church in Normandy, killing a priest. The attackers were later killed. Hollande said that the incident was a terrorist attack, adding that the attackers considered themselves to be fighters for Daesh.According to the media reports, one of the attackers tried to go to Syria via Turkey in 2015 but was detained and extradited to France, where he was put in prison.

Daesh is a radical Sunni group notorious for its human rights abuses. It has claimed responsibility for a number of major terrorist attacks staged in different parts of the world. The jihadist group is outlawed in a number of countries, including Russia and the United States.

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