A remarkable response comes from Turkey. “We strongly condemn today’s attack at the Church of Notre-Dame in Nice and offer our condolences to the families of the victims,” said a statement from the Turkish government. “Those who carry out such an attack in a holy place cannot invoke any religious, human or moral values.”
This is striking, because Turkey is on a collision course with France in Libya, Syria, the Mediterranean and the Caucasus, among others, and President Erdogan had previously called for a boycott of French products out of dissatisfaction with what he called “France’s anti-Islam stance”. calls.