“The Brazilian Government informs, with great regret, that one of the fatal victims was a 40-year-old Brazilian, mother of three, resident in France. The President, Jair Bolsonaro, on behalf of the entire Brazilian nation, expresses his deep condolences to the relatives and friends of the citizen murdered in Nice, as well as those of the other victims, and extends its solidarity to the French people and Government, “the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
“Brazil expresses its firm repudiation of any form of terrorism, regardless of its motivation, and reaffirms its commitment to work to combat and eradicate this scourge, as well as in favor of freedom of expression and religious freedom throughout the world. world, “added the executive.
The Brazilian Government, chaired by Jair Bolsonaro, also expressed its solidarity “with Christians and people of other faiths who suffer persecution and violence because of their belief”.
At the moment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, through its Consulate General in Paris, is providing consular assistance to the family of the Brazilian citizen victim of the attack.
Three people died today, one of them beheaded, inside the basilica of Our Lady of Nice, in an attack by a man armed with a bladed weapon.
The assailant, who was quickly arrested by the police, was severely shot and transported to the hospital.
According to a source close to the investigation, the attacker shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ (“God is great”).
According to a relative of the Brazilian mortal victim, who spoke to French public radio RFI, the woman was wounded with a knife and died in a restaurant almost in front of the basilica, where she tried to shelter.
Today’s attack comes two weeks after the beheading of a teacher in the Paris region, murdered after showing cartoons of Muhammad in a free speech class.
In a tribute to the professor, Samuel Paty, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, reiterated France’s commitment to freedom of expression, including the publication of cartoons.
The French head of state’s statements have sparked controversy in several Muslim countries, including demonstrations and boycotts of French products.
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