French prosecutors launched a terrorist investigation into the fatal stabbing of a French police officer at a police station near the historic Rambouillet castle on the outskirts of Paris on Friday. The officer shot and killed the alleged attacker at the scene.
A national police spokesman told the Associated Press that the identity and motives of the attackers are currently unclear. The spokesperson said the police officer is a 49-year-old clerk at the station. According to Agence France-Presse, the victim was the mother of two children, ages 13 and 18.
The National Antiterrorist Prosecutor’s Office said that it has taken over the case and has begun to investigate the murder of public officials linked to terrorist organizations. Prosecution officials will not provide further details.
“We are shocked,” Karl Olive, vice chairman of the regional committee, said on BFM TV. The attack occurred in the southwest of Paris, with about 750 people and police officers in a quiet residential area of the city of Rambouillet. Inside the office. Just a few meters from the former royal estate, sometimes used for international peace negotiations. After the stabbing, the cordon rang in the area.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, and other senior officials visited the scene of the attack to show their support for the police.
According to Reuters, Castex said: “France has lost one of the heroines of the day under the barbaric weak posture.” The president of the Paris region, Valerie Pecresse, told reporters: “The police are a symbol of the Republic. They are France,” said Pecreces, “French faces” are the target. In the past, there have been fatal attacks on the police in France, including some attacks by Islamic extremists.
The attack comes as the administration of President Emmanuel Macron is strengthening its security policies due to voter concerns about crime and growing police complaints about its danger. If Macron wants to be re-elected in next year’s French presidential election, he may face a challenge from French far-right leader Marin Le Pen.