Two knife-wielding men stabbed a priest to death after taking five people hostage inside a church in a small commune near Rouen. Daesh, banned in many countries including Russia, claimed responsibility for the murder.
He said that war against terrorism will be long but France will win it.
"This will be a long war. Its target is our democracy, but it will be our shiled. We should be united, and unity is our strength. Let us unite, all of us, Frenchmen and Frenchwomen. I assure you, we will win this war. Long live France!"
Ce qui est visé c'est notre démocratie, elle est la cible, elle sera notre bouclier. C'est notre unité qui fait notre force.— François Hollande (@fhollande) 26 июля 2016 г.
He noted that "killing a priest and attacking a church means attacking entire France."
According to the media reports, one of the attackers tried to go to Syria via Turkey in 2015 but was detained and extradited to France, where he was put in prison.
"The terrorists want to divide us, to disunite us, to make us oppose one another, to hurt us. Facing this threat, which has never been this serious in France and in Europe, the government reaffirms its determination to fight against terrorism, using all the human and technical resources," Hollande added.
Daesh is notorious for its human rights atrocities and brutal tactics, such as public beheadings and the stoning of women.