A municipal policewoman was seriously injured with a knife on Friday in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, near Nantes, and the man suspected of this attack, a schizophrenic on file for radicalization and “reported for a rigorous practice of Islam”, is deceased, said the Minister of the Interior.
“The municipal police officer was courageous and knew how to protect herself with the means she had and despite her serious injuries she will survive and that is a very good thing”, declared Gérald Darmanin during a press briefing in this municipality. located north of Nantes.
After the assault on the policewoman in the premises of the municipal police at around 9.45 am, the assailant “fled”, explained Gérald Darmanin, stressing that 250 gendarmes were mobilized to arrest the individual, in a context marked by an increase in attacks on the police.
Once found, this man of forty years “obviously wanted to attack new police officers”, and this “obviously” with the weapon of the policewoman. The gendarmes “retaliated” and the man succumbed to his injuries, detailed Mr. Darmanin.
According to an AFP photographer present at the scene, a dozen detonations in two bursts rang out near the gendarmerie brigade, in a residential area. About twenty GIGN gendarmes armed with shields, helmets, held their weapons at target behind garbage cans, in the bushes …
“This French individual born in France, in his forties, is known to the police, was released from prison and in 2016 he was reported for a rigorous practice of Islam for radicalization and thus registered in the FSPRT file” (File processing of reports for the prevention of terrorist radicalization), said Mr. Darmanin.
According to a source familiar with the matter, the man, imprisoned in March 2013, was mainly serving an eight-year prison sentence pronounced by the North Assize Court on October 7, 2015 for aggravated theft and forcible confinement. He was released on March 22. On his release, the socio-judicial follow-up to which he was sentenced in 2015 was put in place immediately, in particular the obligation of care. He was diagnosed as schizophrenic.
This attack comes a little over a month after that of Rambouillet (Yvelines), during which a police officer was killed with a knife in the throat by a man, shot dead by a police officer, in the police station.
“Cowardly and barbaric act”
“My first thoughts go to the municipal policewoman who was seriously injured: she has my full support and I want to express to her the solidarity of the whole Government”, indicated Jean Castex, the Prime Minister, on twitter.
“The horror of this new aggression must lead to a national leap to protect those who protect us”, reacted on Twitter Bruno Retailleau, president of the LR group in the Senate.
The mayor of Nantes Johanna Rolland (PS) also reacted. “We are living in an extremely serious moment: today, a man attacked a municipal policewoman with a knife”.
The president of the National Rally (RN) Marine Le Pen brought her “support to this policewoman” as well as “to her colleagues and relatives”. “I refuse to allow attacks on our police officers to become our daily life. We must finally fight this barbarism and never, absolutely never get used to it, ”she added on Twitter.
“More than ever, the security forces must be supported by means but also protective legislative measures,” said former Minister François de Rugy (LREM).
Several members of the security forces have been killed since 2012 in France in attacks, most often committed in the name of jihad.
On October 3, 2019, a computer scientist working at the Intelligence Directorate, Mickaël Harpon, who has converted to Islam for ten years, stabbed to death three police officers and an administrative agent in the precincts of the Paris police headquarters. before being killed.
Previously, the Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the death in March 2018 of lieutenant-colonel of the gendarmerie Arnaud Beltrame, 45, fatally injured by the jihadist Radouane Lakdim in a supermarket in Trèbes (Aude) and of the police officer Xavier Jugelé in April 2017 on the Champs-Elysées.
In June 2016, a police officer and his companion, secretary at the Mantes-la-Jolie police station, were stabbed to death in Magnanville (Yvelines) by a man claiming to act on behalf of ISIS.
At the beginning of May, Eric Masson, 36, called with his team for a gathering on a deal point in the city center of Avignon, had been shot dead by a man who is imprisoned.