The attack in Nice coincided with the attack of a Saudi citizen with a sharp object on a security guard at the French Consulate in Jeddah, wounding him, and the Saudi police announced the arrest of the attacker. But the Saudi Foreign Ministry statement did not address this incident.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry said in its statement that it “affirms the kingdom’s categorical rejection of such extremist acts that are inconsistent with all religions, human beliefs and common sense,” stressing at the same time “the importance of rejecting practices that generate hatred, violence and extremism.”
The Ministry also expressed condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims, the French government and people, and its wishes for a speedy recovery for those injured in the attack.
The Nice attack took place less than two weeks after the French teacher Samuel Bate was slaughtered after he showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in his class, and the attack came amid popular campaigns in Islamic countries to boycott French products after its president, Emmanuel Macron, declared his support for the publication of the cartoons on the basis of “freedom of expression” and his statements about Islam. .