French president threatened by jihadist network

Extremists to 'wage war' unless troops withdrawn from Mali

11 March, 20:02

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, MARCH 11 - A jihadist network connected to Al-Qaeda has called for attacks on France and President Francois Hollande over French military operations in Mali and Central African Republic.

    ''To our lone-wolves in France, assassinate the president of disbelief and criminality, terrify his cursed government, and bomb them and scare them as a support to the vulnerable in the Central African Republic,'' reads one of the posters created by the militant Islamist website. ''Neither Hollande nor his soldiers will enjoy peace in France until the Muslims of Mali and the Central African Republic enjoy it as well,'' reads the statement published on the Al-Minbar Jihadi Media Network, which experts consider linked to Al-Qaeda. French soldiers are held by the Islamist extremists to be guilty of ''conducting and supporting ethnic cleansing and murderous crusades against Muslims'' in the two African countries. The president's office responded firmly but calmly, halfway between the desire to reassure and the need not to underestimate the danger.

    ''We are extremely vigilant'' said sources from the president's entourage on the issue of threats and the risk of Islamist terrorism in general, but ''it's not the first time there are threats''. (ANSAmed).

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