On Tuesday, two armed men took five people hostage at the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray church in Normandy. The attackers were later killed, while at least one hostage was murdered and three people were wounded, one severely. Soon after the incident, French media reported that 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.
"What we can do is to do more in the area of peaceful reconciliation and in the area of inter-faith dialogue. Because what you often see immediately after these attacks is a really impulsive increase in Islamophobia and xenophobia," Green said.
According to Green, the Normandy attack deeply affected all Christians and clergy of various churches.
"When these things happen, it’s an attack against all people of good will, all people of faith and all Europeans. Because certainly it is not only Catholics who will be affected by that. It will be every clergy person who works in every church… This touches all Christians quiet deeply," she stated.
French President Francois Hollande said following the attack that killing the priest and attacking the Church means to "defile the Republic."
The Islamic State terrorist group, which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia and the United States, claimed responsibility for the Normandy attack.