PARIS — An explosion wounded a minimum of two individuals in an assault on a non-Muslim cemetery in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday throughout a ceremony organized by the French Consulate for Remembrance Day, French officers stated.
Nathalie Goulet, a French senator and a member of a parliamentary friendship group between France and Gulf international locations, stated an explosive gadget had apparently been thrown on the cemetery. She stated the 2 wounded individuals had minor accidents.
The consul basic of France in Jeddah, French expatriates and officers from international locations together with Britain and Germany had been amongst those that attended the ceremony. However Ms. Goulet stated she couldn’t give particulars concerning the identities of these wounded.
The assault adopted several others in recent weeks that targeted France amid tensions over the republication in September of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad by the satirical journal Charlie Hebdo.
President Emmanuel Macron of France has defended the cartoons as protected free speech. However that stoked anger within the Muslim world, drawing threats and calls from some international locations for a boycott of French merchandise.
Christophe-André Frassa, a senator representing French residents residing overseas, wrote on Twitter that “compatriots” in Jeddah had been attacked in the course of the ceremony, which was commemorating the armistice of World Warfare I.
In late October, a Saudi citizen wounded a guard in a knife assault on the French Consulate in Jeddah; on the identical day, a younger Tunisian extremist killed three churchgoers in a basilica in Good, France.