The Coptic Orthodox Church of France has received threats from Islamist attacks following the attack on the Church of Alexandria which ended last weekend with 21 deaths and numerous injuries. The anti-terrorist section of the Paris judicial police has opened an investigation into possible bands of murderers, trying to clarify the risk of "import" anticopto European terrorism from the Middle East.
Father Moussa Anba Bishoy, Coptic Orthodox Patriarch in Villejuif, a southern suburb of Paris, believes that the French and European Copts are victims of a new kind of threat: "We started receiving threats via the Internet, before the killing of Alexandria . Islamist factions threaten us and threaten to slaughter and burning of our places of worship. This is a real threat to the Copts French, German, Belgian and other European countries. "
Girguis Father Lucas, head of the Coptic church of Sainte-Marie, Saint-Marc de Chatenenay-Malabry (Hauts de Seine, on the northern outskirts of the capital), shares that vision worries of threats to French and Copts Europe: 'Islamic Mujahideen groups have threatened us over the Internet, announcing new attacks in France and in Europe. "
Land of refuge and immigration, France has historically been the place where many Christians have fled East, for decades, under difficult economic conditions, social and cultural rights.
According to La Croix, the reference afternoon French Catholic church in France live, nationalized or not, some 400,000 or 500,000 Christians from the Middle East. Among them, 200,000 would be Copts, scattered on the outskirts of large cities.
Threats have also come to Germany, where the Coptic minority in this country has been forwarded to the authorities their fear of an attack to mark the start this week for the Orthodox Christmas.
The spokesman for the German Interior Ministry, Stefan Paris, confirmed yesterday that the Coptic community sent a letter to the minister expressing these fears in the New Year's Eve, hours before the suicide attack on the Coptic Church in Egypt. The Ministry has said it will strengthen security measures around a community that has 6,000 faithful in Germany. As in France, the jihadi threat came via the Internet.