French security forces on patrol in Paris. (Photo: Kavalenkau/Shutterstock) French security forces on patrol in Paris. (Photo: Kavalenkau/Shutterstock)

France continues to suffer from terror attacks. The public reaction will determine whether or not it realizes it has a real problem on its hands. 

A French policewoman was shot dead and a municipal worker critically wounded on Thursday morning by a terrorist spraying automatic gunfire south of Paris.

They were responding to an apparent car accident when they were shot on scene. The assailant escaped.

It is yet unclear whether there is any connection between the attack and the massacre a day earlier, in which Muslim terrorists entered the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and killed 12 people, including four celebrated journalists and two police officers. The attack was one against freedom of the press, as the publication was known for publishing cartoons offensive to Islam.

In the meantime, French security forces are continuing their manhunt to capture two of the three terrorists, Said and Cherif Kouachi. The third, Hamyd Mourad, 18, surrendered to police. Seven others have been arrested in connection with the attack.

France has recently suffered a string of terror attacks. Most were primarily at Jewish targets. The most recent occurred in late December, when a Muslim terrorist ran his vehicle into 11 pedestrians in the eastern French city of Dijon.

Shortly before that, French policemen shot and killed a Muslim terrorist who infiltrated a police station armed with a knife and stabbed three officers.

‘We Must Make Sure that Terror Does Not Pay’

Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat, spoke Wednesday morning with Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, expressing his condolences and support following Wednesday’s brutal terror attack in Paris.

During the call, Barkat said, “The residents of Jerusalem understand and share in your pain. We must make sure that terror does not pay. The terrorists must be brought to justice and everyone must understand that the savage attack in Paris was not an isolated event but part of an international campaign of terror. The resilience that you and the citizens of Paris demonstrate following this brutal attack will overcome terror.”

“The support of the Mayor of Jerusalem and the people of Jerusalem is very important to us,” Hidalgo stated. “I will share this important message of support with the members of Paris’ City Council and with all of the residents of Paris.”

By: Aryeh Savir
Staff Writer, United with Israel

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