Once again, in what has become an all too common occurrence under the ‘leadership’ of French President Emmanuel Macron, a Catholic church in the picturesque city of Nice was the scene of horror on Sunday morning when a knife-wielding man attacked a priest and nun, leaving the priest with serious injuries.
The appalling attack, which comes a year and a half after three Catholic parishioners were stabbed to death in Nice’s Basilica of Notre-Dame—and as French voters headed to the ballot boxes on Sunday to elect a new head of state—saw the man burst into the Saint-Pierre-d’Arène church before he repeatedly stabbed Fr. Krzyzstof Rudzinkski in the chest, then attacked Sister Marie-Claude as she tried to disarm him, Le Figaro reports.
Immediately following the attack, emergency services wasted no time in transporting 57-year-old Fr. Rudzinkski, who had according to France 3 suffered 20 stab wounds to the chest, and 72-year-old Sister Marie-Claude, who suffered injuries to her hand, to the local hospital where they were treated for their injuries.
Upon being apprehended by police, the assailant, allegedly a French citizen who is said to be mentally unwell, told authorities that he had “spontaneously declared to the police that he was of the Jewish faith and that on this election day he wanted to kill Macron and that he had finally fallen back on a church.”
Following his arrest—and after being questioned by investigators—the suspect was promptly transferred to a psychiatric hospital where he will undergo evaluations by medical professionals.
The perpetrator was not known to police or intelligence services prior to the incident, which at this point in the investigation is not believed to have been an act of terrorism.
The attack is only the latest in an ever-increasingly long list of violent incidents carried out by Islamists and the psychologically deranged against Christians in France—a country that’s often referred to as the “eldest daughter of the Church,” since the Franks, under King Clovis I, became the first of the Germanic tribes to embrace Catholicism in 496 AD.
In 2021, alone, more than 800 anti-Christian incidents were recorded in France, according to a report from the Catholic News Agency. Despite paying lip service to the problem when it inevitably rears its ugly head, Macron and his administration offered little in the way of policy to truly address the issue.
Robert Semonsen is a political journalist based in Central Europe. His work has been featured in various English-language news outlets in Europe and the Americas. He has an educational background in biological and medical science. His Twitter handle is @R_Semonsen.