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    Pallbearers carry the coffin of the priest Jacques Hamel as they enter in Rouen's cathedral during the funeral of the priest who was killed in a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray on July 26 during a hostage-taking claimed by Islamic State group

    Thousands in France Attend Funeral of Priest Killed by Extremists in Normandy

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    Thousands of people gathered Tuesday at Rouen Cathedral, France, for the funeral of Catholic priest Jacques Hamel, a week after his murder by two jihadists in a church in Normandy, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Sud Ouest newspaper, the crowd that gathered to mourn the death of the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray priest consists both of Christians and Muslims.

    Among those attending the ceremony is Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, the paper reported.

    ​Access to the cathedral, which can host up to 2,000 people, was closed an hour before the ceremony started, as the building was already full, the paper reported.

    ​On July 26, two armed men took five people hostage at a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, killing the priest before themselves being taken out by French security forces. The Islamic State jihadist group, outlawed in many countries including Russia, took responsibility for the attack.

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