In a statement to reporters, the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi spoke of “Islamofacism” in relation to the attack.
The “Islamo-fascist” assailant “didn’t stop shouting Allahu Akhbar even under medication” after being shot and arrested, said Mr Estrosi, leaving “no doubt that this was a terror attack”.
“As I speak there are without doubt two victims killed in the same manner as Samuel Paty,” the teacher decapitated by a Chechen extremist outside a secondary school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a suburb of Paris, after showing pupils caricatures of the Prophet Mohamed during a class on freedom of expression.
Enough is enough. It is time now that France rid itself of the rules of peace to annihilate the scourge of Islamo-fascism,” said Mr Estrosi.