'Islamist terrorism' has hit France again: PM

26th June 2015, Comments 0 comments

France's prime minister said an attack on a factory Friday was "Islamist terrorism," announcing he was cutting short a visit to South America to deal with the crisis.

"Islamist terrorism has hit France again," Manuel Valls told a press conference in Colombia's capital Bogota, adding that he would take part by telephone in an emergency meeting called by President Francois Hollande, then rush back to France.

Valls was alluding to Islamist attacks in January in and around Paris that left 17 people dead. They started with a mass shooting at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

In Friday's grisly attack a severed head was pinned to the gates of a factory in eastern France.

Valls described the assault as appalling and said it "shows that the jihadist threat remains very high."

Valls is abandoning a tour that was to have taken him from Bogota to Medellin, Colombia and then on to Ecuador.


© 2015 AFP

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