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May on Normandy attack: The terrorists will not win

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Theresa May has said "the terrorists will not win" as she offered her condolences to the people of France after the "sickening" attack at a church which left a priest dead.

The prime minister said: "What is necessary is for us all to work together.

"We stand shoulder to shoulder with France and offer them every support we can.

"But one thing I think we're all absolutely clear on is that the terrorists will not prevail.

"They are trying to destroy our way of life, they are trying to destroy our values, and those values will win through, and the terrorists will not win."

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French priest killed after being taken hostage pictured

Father Jacques Hamel was killed after being taken hostage in his church. Credit: Paroisse Saint Etienne

This is believed to be the priest who was killed after being taken hostage at a French church.

Father Jacques Hamel was one of five hostages - including two nuns and two parishioners - held by two men loyal to IS.

The 86-year-old was ordained in 1958 and was assistant priest in the parish of St Etienne.

Eulalie Garcia, who works on the same road as the church, said she knew the priest.

"My family has lived here for 35 years and we have always known him. He was someone who was treasured by the community."

Islamic State claims responsibility for church attack

So-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack at a French church which left a priest dead and a woman fighting for her life.

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Hollande visits scene of French church hostage siege

Two knifemen were killed by police. Credit: EBU

French President Francois Hollade has arrived at the scene of today's hostage siege in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, in which a priest was killed.

President Hollande met masked members of the police and other emergency service workers.

President Hollande meets masked members of the police. Credit: EBU

Pope Francis feeling 'pain and horror of absurd violence'

The Vatican condemned the 'barbarous killing'. Credit: Reuters

Pope Francis is feeling "the pain and horror of this absurd violence" following the killing of a priest at a church in France.

The Vatican condemned the "barbarous killing", saying the Pope was horrified by the news.

"We are particularly shocked because this horrible violence took place in a church, in which God's love is announced," Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.

He said the Pope "condemned in the most radical way any form of hate".

Priest killed in siege at French church named

The church where the priest was held hostage. Credit: Paroisse Saint Etienne

The priest killed in the siege on French church has been named.

The Catholic Church in France confirmed the death of 86-year-old Father Jacques Hamel.

Born in the Rouen area, Father Hamel was ordained in 1958 and was assistant priest in the parish of St Etienne.

Archbishop of Rouen, Dominique Lebrun, who cut short a visit to Poland to return to his diocese, said: "I'm calling out to God, alongside all good-willed men. I'm inviting all non-believers to unite behind this call.

"The only arms which the Catholic Church can take up are prayer and brotherhood between men.

"I'm addressing the hundreds of young people who are the true future of humanity.

"I'm asking them to not lower their hands when faced with violence and to become apostles of the civilisation of love."

Archbishop of Canterbury tweets 'pray for France'

The Archbishop of Canterbury has tweeted 'pray for France' after the news a priest was killed during a church siege in Normandy.

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