June 13, 2024

Police Kill Knifeman Burning Down French Synagogue

The French authorities is to embellish a police officer who shot useless an Algerian migrant male who was below a years-old deportation order, and who set fireplace to a synagogue on Friday morning.

A 29-year-old Algerian migrant carrying a ten″ knife was shot useless early this morning by police. The man had allegedly climbed onto the roof of a synagogue within the metropolis of Rouen in northern France, smashed a window, and thrown in an incendiary machine.


Public prosecutor Frédéric Teillet mentioned, per Le Figaro, that police responded to a public report of smoke rising from the constructing, and once they arrived they known as for a person carrying a knife and a chisel on prime of a wall on the constructing to return down. Instead, the person insulted the officers and threw a chisel at them.

France’s Minister for Interior and Overseas Gerald Darmanin talks to the press exterior a synagogue within the Normandy metropolis of Rouen on May 17, 2024, the place French police shot useless earlier a person armed with a knife and a crowbar who was attempting to set fireplace to the constructing. Two separate investigations have been opened, one into the hearth on the synagogue and one other into the circumstances of the loss of life of the person killed by the police, the prosecutor mentioned. The man threatened a police officer with a knife and the latter used his service weapon, he added. (Photo by Lou Benoist / AFP) (Photo by LOU BENOIST/AFP by way of Getty Images)

During the confrontation officers have been pressured to fall again and, feeling threatened, one of many police fired 5 pictures, 4 of which struck the Algerian. He was given first help however died on the scene.

Per regular process the officer who used his weapon was positioned into detention till the justification of the capturing is confirmed. Nevertheless the French inside minister has made clear the federal government’s view on the matter, and says the officer who opened fireplace will probably be adorned by the state for his “extremely courageous, extremely professional” conduct.

The motive is being investigated, however the prosecutor is contemplating “arson due to religion… intentional violence against persons holding public authority”.

Elie Korchia, President of French Jewish group Consistoire Central wrote of the assault, and thanked police for stopping a better tragedy. He mentioned: “On this Shabbat eve, an armed individual who wanted to set fire to the consistorial synagogue of Rouen was neutralized by the police, who were nearby. Thank you to our law enforcement who avoided a new anti-Semitic tragedy in our country.”

Rouen mayor Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol mentioned: “the attempted burning of the synagogue … it is not only the Israelite community that is affected. The entire town is bruised and in shock.” The mayor known as a rally within the city centre for Friday night.

The suspect, a 29-year-old Algerian migrant was in receipt of a OQTF, an ‘Obligation de quitter la France’ or order to go away the nation after his utility for go away to stay made in 2022 was denied, which means he shouldn’t have been within the nation in any respect to launch the assault. French police cited in nationwide media studies state that the person was not on any extremism or terrorism watch lists.

The synagogue sustained  “significant” fireplace injury, however luckily there have been no different accidents. The Jerusalem Post cited Rabbi Shmuel Lubecki of Rouen who mentioned police had not but allowed him into the synagogue to examine the injury, however apparently the holy books had not been harmed. He mentioned: “the Torah scrolls were not touched. It’s the most important thing there is in the synagogue.”


Many European states have seen hovering ranges of antisemitic assaults since Hamas launched its lethal terror strike in opposition to Israel final 12 months, together with France. As noted earlier this year, knowledge from the nation’s Interior ministry and group teams confirmed a 280 per cent rise of assaults registered year-on-year, with the variety of assaults simply within the three months after October seventh equalling the variety of assaults within the earlier three years mixed.