Nice knife attack: Mayor Estrosi calls for churches to shut down after horrific assault

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Nice plunged into terror on Thursday morning after a man attacked and killed at least three people near the Notre Dame Basilica in the city centre of the southern France city. Nice Mayor Christina Estrosi condemned the incident as a “terror attack” shortly after the news broke as he called for “definite action.” Mr Estrosi has also called for all churches in the city to be shut down to avoid additional attacks as religious tensions in the country reach new highs.

Mr Estrosi insisted additional security measures will also have to be introduced to allow for the safe discharge of religious events.

The mayor confirmed the attacker was “shot down by municipal police” shortly after the attack begun at around 9am (8am GMT).

He also added: “It seems that, according to the first findings of the police, one woman who was inside the church has been decapitated.

“For the other victims, we cannot say anything at the moment.”

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Neither the identity nor the motives of the attack are known but it comes at a time of great religions tension across France.

On October 16, teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded after showing cartoons about the Prophet Mohammed to his class during a discussion on free speech.

The killing resulted in a wave of support for Mr Paty across France and from satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which lost several staffers in a terror attack because of the publication of controversial cartoons mocking Islam.

But the reaction of the French people sparked the ires of Turkish leader Recep Erdogan, who called on his people to boycott French products in protest.

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