Europe Stands With France After Deadly Terror Attack in Nice: Von der Leyen

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    The European Union’s top officials and the Canadian prime minister strongly condemned on Thursday the deadly knife attack in Nice and expressed support to France, a founding member of the 27-nation bloc. EU Council President Charles Michel, who chairs the meetings of the EU’s 27 leaders, expressed his solidarity with France, at the start of press conference following an EU-Canada meeting. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the head of the EU’s executive arm, said the whole of Europe stands behind France. “We are united and determined in the face of fanaticism,” she said. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who participated to the EU-Canada video conference, also used the opportunity to condemn the attack in Nice. EU leaders are expected to meet later Thursday during a video conference. An attacker armed with a knife killed three people inside a church on Thursday in the southern French city of Nice. It was the third attack in two months in France that authorities have attributed to Muslim extremists, including the beheading of a teacher. It comes during a growing furor over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that were republished in recent months by the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo — renewing vociferous debate in France and the Muslim world.

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    Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. It extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles), making it the world’s second-largest country by total area.

    Its southern and western border with the United States, stretching 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world’s longest bi-national land border. Canada’s capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

    Various Indigenous peoples inhabited what is now Canada for thousands of years before European colonization. The Canada Act 1982, which severed the vestiges of legal dependence on the British Parliament. Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy in the Westminster tradition, with a monarch and a prime minister who serves as the chair of the Cabinet and head of government.

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    Several related attacks followed in the Île-de-France region on 7–9 January 2015, including the Hypercacher kosher supermarket siege.

    Charlie Hebdo is a publication that courted controversy with satirical attacks on political and religious leaders. It published cartoons of Muhammad in 2012, forcing France to temporarily close embassies and schools in more than 20 countries amid fears of reprisals. Its offices were also firebombed in November 2011 after publishing a caricature of Muhammad on its cover.

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