htaccess redirection not working

Hello! I'm new to htaccess so don't judge me please Happy.
I have the following problem - I'm making a website in my local server /it's apache2/ and the project is located in the www/html/subFolder/MVC.
In the MVC folder I have the following structure
|-- .htaccess
|-- app
| |-- bootstrap.php
| |-- .htaccess
| |-- config
| |-- controllers
| |-- helpers
| |-- libraries
| | |-- controller.php
| | |-- core.php
| | `-- database.php
| |-- models
| `-- views
`-- public
|-- .htaccess
|-- css
|-- img
|-- index.php
`-- js

The problem is that I try to make a redirect rule for the public folder. For example when the user try to open MVC/public/test.php /some file that doesn't exist/ it should redirect it to the MVC/public/index.php, but my rule doesn't work
Here is my htaccess file in the public folder
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c> Options -Multiviews RewriteEngine On RewriteBase /MVC/public RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f RewriteRule ^(.+)$ index.php?url=$1 [QSA,L]</IfModule>

And here is my htaccess in the root folder
<IfModule> RewriteEngine on RewriteRule ^& public/ [L] RewriteRule (.*) public/$1 [L]</IfModule>

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