• Mikuláš Vochozka

Knife Attack in Paris Suburb Leaves Policewoman Dead

A policewoman was stabbed to death outside of her work in the Parisian suburb of Rambouillet on Friday by a man with suspected Islamic extremist views. French President Macron has vowed that France will not succumb to terrorism.



French Police stand guard outside of the scene of the crime. (Photo: France 24)


On Friday, a man stabbed a police worker in front of the entrance to a police station in Rambouillet near Paris. The policewoman succumbed to her injuries. The man stabbed the policewoman in the neck according to Reuters. The attacker was shot dead by other police officers. According to the anti-terrorist prosecutor, it was a planned attack. According to witnesses, the attacker shouted "Allahu Akbar'' (God is great). It was later discovered that the attacker was of Tunisian citizen, who had resided in France on the basis of legitimate documents, although, according to BFM TV, he had previously resided illegally in France and his residence card was due to expire later this year.


The victim was a mother of two daughters. Her colleagues and friends described her as an "adorable woman".


Emmanuel Macron said that France had again encountered a terrorist attack. The president also expressed his condolences to the family of the murdered policewoman.


Prime Minister Jean Castex said that France had lost the hero of everyday life due to endless cowardice.


The act sparked a debate in France again against the fight against Islamic terrorism and the management of migration from Islamic countries. France has faced a number of terrorist attacks by radical Islamists in the last few years, losing over 250 citizens to these attacks.


President Macron has previously spoken anxiously about the growing danger of radical Islam in Muslim communities. He warned that in some areas of France, Islamist separatism was in danger of taking over daily society.


Religious extremism will certainly be the subject of the presidential elections next year. The increase in terrorist attacks should play into the hands of the probable candidate Marie Le Pen, who, as the far-right leader of the topic of terrorism and religious terrorism, campaigns strongly on these two topics.


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