Last year, a Rwandan migrant admitted to setting fire to Nantes Cathedral in France. After his release from prison this week, the criminal murdered the priest.
Emmanuel Abayisenga, a 40-year-old migrant stabbed and/or beat Father Olivier Maire to death on Monday and promptly turned himself in to law enforcement. The murder took place in the priest’s hometown of Saint-Laurent-sur-Sevre at the Montfortains religious community, which also provided refuge to Abayisenga, according to French reports.
President Emmanuel Macron’s interior minister, Gerald Darmanin, said, “All my support for the Catholics of our country after the dramatic murder of a priest in the Vendee region.” The motives of Abayisenga are unclear, and Darmanin is against presuming a hate crime or act of terrorism.
Recent terrorist attacks in France raise concerns over the assimilation, or lack thereof, between immigrants and the French culture. Canada has experienced similar religious attacks in recent months, with ten churches being burnt in a single day last month. Since the 1960s and even the early 2000s, both countries, Canada and France, have experienced unprecedented increases in refugees.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
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