>> Islamic State has declared war against us, so we must lead the fight.>>
> That message from French president Francois Hollande after an attack at a church which left an elderly priest dead. During morning mass in Normandy, two men armed with knives took several hostages including a priest, nuns and worshipers.
Sources say the 84 year old priest had his throat cut. Another hostage was seriously wounded. Both armed men were shot dead as police moved in to end the assault to the Catholic Church in the town of Sint-Etienne-du-Drouvray. Islamic State's news agency says the attackers were its soldiers is the latest in a spate of assaults in Europe with links to Islamist militants including the mass killing in Nice and four incidents in Germany.
IS has called on its supporters to target countries that it's been fighting in Iraq and Syria. France is already under a state of emergency. And less than a year from a Presidential election, Hollande is now under yet more pressure to regain control.