Saudi State TV reported that a Saudi man in Saudi Arabia was arrested in Jeddah after attacking a security guard with a “sharp tool” at the French consulate on Thursday and injured. The French embassy said the consulate was “attacked by a knife targeting the guards.” The bodyguard was taken to the hospital, adding that his life was not in danger.
The embassy statement said, “The French embassy strongly condemns this attack on a diplomatic outpost that nothing can justify.” The attack occurred after a sword-wielding man shouting “Allahu Akbar” and beheading a woman in Nice, France on Thursday, and killing two others. Mayor of Nice described this attack as terrorism.
France is still tense earlier this month due to the beheading of a school teacher from Chechen. The perpetrator said he wanted to punish the teacher who showed the cartoon to the Prophet Mohammad’s students in civic class. After Patty’s murder, French officials reclaimed the right to display cartoons, and the image was widely displayed in a march in solidarity with the murdered teacher.
It has sparked anger in some Muslim worlds as some governments accuse Mark Long of pursuing an anti-Islamic agenda. Saudi Arabia on Tuesday criticized cartoons of insulting the Prophet Mohammad, but avoided repercussions from other Muslim countries calling for action on the Prophet’s image in France.