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Unity, Security, Solidarity: religious leaders meet French president after Normandy church attack

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Unity, Security, Solidarity: religious leaders meet French president after Normandy church attack

<p>Religious leaders in France called for unity and solidarity after meeting with President Francois Hollande. It comes in the wake of an attack on a Normandy church, where two Islamist militants killed a Roman Catholic priest. They also called for security at places of worship to be increased.</p> <p>Meeting with the French president, representatives of Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist faiths expressed their sorrow, but also called for unity against Islamist violence.</p> <p>“This is a fact beyond Islam, a fact that all Muslims in France rejects in a most crucial manner. We are presenting the Archbishop our deepest condolences,” Dalil Boubaker, Rector of the Great Mosque of Paris said in a statement after the meeting.</p> <p>While the Archbishop of Paris, André Armand Vingt-Trois, said that harmonious interfaith relations were a source of strength, adding, “we must not get dragged into the political games of Daesh, (referring to <span class="caps">ISIL</span>), which wants to set the children of the same family against one another.”</p> <p>Facing criticism over security measures from right-wing opponents, Hollande promised Pope Francis that ‘everything would be done’ to protect churches and places of worship’.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">FRANCE</span> – A Police officer stand guards the Saint-Etienne church after brutal church attack. By <a href="https://twitter.com/CTriballeau"><code>CTriballeau</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AFP?src=hash">#AFP</a> <a href="https://t.co/ypXQkRRVkZ">pic.twitter.com/ypXQkRRVkZ</a></p>&mdash; AFP Photo Department (</code>AFPphoto) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFPphoto/status/758220176412270596">July 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>