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French religious leaders urge for more security at worship sites

French religious leaders on Wednesday call for authorities to boost security at places of worship after jihadists killed a priest in a Normandy church.

“We deeply desire that our places of worship are the subject of greater (security) focus, a sustained focus,” says French Muslim leader Dalil Boubakeur, after meeting with President Francois Hollande.

Hollande gathers with the leaders of the country’s main religions a day after two attackers stormed a church in the northern town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during morning mass, slitting the throat of an 86-year-old priest.

Boubakeur, speaking in the name of French Muslims, voices his “deep grief” at the attack which he described as a “blasphemous sacrilege which goes against all the teachings of our religion.”

AFP

French President Francois Hollande (R) shakes hands with French Jewish central Consistory President Joel Mergui (L) outside the Elysee Palace in Paris, on July 27, 2016 as Ahmet Ogras, vice-president of the French Council of The Muslim Faith leaves after a meeting with French representatives of the different religion following yesterday attack at a church in Saint-Etienne-Du-Rouveray. (AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY
French President Francois Hollande (center) shakes hands with French Jewish central Consistory President Joel Mergui (left) outside the Elysee Palace in Paris, on July 27, 2016, following yesterday’s attack at a church in Saint-Etienne-Du-Rouveray. (AFP Photo/Bertrand Guay)

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