France: Gerald Darmanin to discuss security with Tunisia, Algeria

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin will visit Tunisia and Algeria later this week to discuss security matters with his counterparts there, Darmanin told BFM TV on Monday.

Concerns over security and immigration have increased in France after a fatal knife attack at a church in Nice last week, in which three people were killed.

France’s chief anti-terrorism prosecutor has said the man suspected of carrying out the Nice attack was a Tunisian born in 1999 who had arrived in Europe on September 20, landing in Lampedusa, the Italian island off Tunisia. He has been identified as Brahim Issaoui.

France is on edge amid a wave of attacks – three in a matter of weeks – after the republication in early September of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad by satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The Prophet is deeply revered by Muslims and any kind of visual depiction is forbidden in Islam. The caricatures in question are seen by them as offensive and Islamophobic because they are perceived to link Islam with “terrorism”.

The magazine reprinted the caricatures as the trial of the deadly 2015 attack on the magazine’s staff got under way.

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