More than 60 Muslim leaders are touring Europe to protest against terror

The touring party are hoping to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel when they reach Berlin

Johnny Cotton
Saturday 08 July 2017 17:04 BST
The tour started at the point where French police officer Xavier Jugelé was shot dead in April
The tour started at the point where French police officer Xavier Jugelé was shot dead in April

Dozens of religious leaders boarded a bus on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on Saturday at the start of a European tour of the sites of recent Islamist attacks to remember the victims and condemn violence.

Imams from countries including France, Belgium, Britain and Tunisia were joined by representatives of other religious communities at the spot where French policeman Xavier Jugelé was shot dead in April.

Tour stops will include Berlin – where organisers say they hope to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel – Brussels and Nice, with a return to Paris for 14 July, the first anniversary of the Nice truck attack.

Isis claimed responsibility for that attack, when a truck killed 86 people celebrating Bastille Day on the seafront, and a truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin last December that killed 12.

The Imam of Drancy and French writer Marek Halter were behind the initiative of the current tour.

“We are here to say that our religion and the values of Islam are opposed to those assassins,” Hassen Chalghoumi, the imam de Drancy, told France Inter radio on Saturday.

Some 30 people boarded the bus on Saturday with more expected to join on the way, bringing the total number of participants to 60.


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