France pays national tribute to victims of the Nice attack

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French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Saturday expressed his "emotion", "compassion" and "indignation" during the national tribute to the three victims of the attack committed on October 29 in the basilica of Nice.

France is the target each time and is the target of terrorism, but Nice will have paid a heavy price, said French Prime Minister Jean Castex, referring to this attack and the one that left 86 dead on the Promenade des Anglais on July 14, 2016.

The enemy, we know him, not only is he identified, but he has a name, it is radical Islamism, a political ideology which disfigures the Muslim religion by diverting its texts, its dogmas and its commandments to impose its domination. by obscurantism and hatred, again declared the head of government, during the ceremony organized on the heights of the city.

Nine days after the attack committed by the Tunisian Brahim Aouissaoui, all police custody was lifted, including that of a 17-year-old minor, arrested Wednesday afternoon in the Paris region.

In total, 11 people have been placed in police custody and then released since the start of the investigation, opened by the anti-terrorism prosecution, in particular for assassinations in connection with a terrorist enterprise.

People light candles in front of a church.

People light candles in front of the Notre-Dame de l'Assomption basilica in Nice the day after a knife attack that killed three people.

Photo: Getty Images / VALERY HACHE

Injured and infected with COVID-19, suspect has yet to be heard

Friday, the assailant, seriously injured during his arrest and also tested positive for coronavirus, was transferred by plane and under high security from Nice to Paris.

Aouissaoui, whose vital prognosis is still in progress, was hospitalized in Paris, according to a source familiar with the matter. He still could not be heard by investigators.

He illegally left in mid-September the city of Sfax, in central Tunisia, where he lived with his family and worked as a motorcycle repairer.

After crossing the Mediterranean and arriving on the Italian island of Lampedusa, Brahim Aouissaoui was reportedly placed in quarantine with nearly 400 migrants on the Rhapsody ferry, according to the Italian press, before disembarking on the mainland in Bari, in the south-eastern Italy, October 9.

A source close to the investigation had specified that he then went to Sicily, before joining France.

The investigation was able to determine that he had arrived in Nice on Tuesday October 27, two days before the attack.

This terrorist attack is the third perpetrated in France since the republication in early September of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad by Charlie hebdo.

Confession of the suspect in the Lyon attack

In addition, a man currently in custody as part of the investigation into the attempted assassination of an Orthodox priest on October 31 in Lyon, admitted the facts, the prosecution announced on Saturday.

The 40-year-old man of Georgian nationality according to the daily The Parisian, turns out to be the husband of a woman who was having an affair with the victim, said the public prosecutor in a statement.

Police custody began on Friday after the suspect was arrested at his home in Lyon, according to The Parisian.

Two policemen in front of an Orthodox church.

Police officers examine the Orthodox church in front of which a priest was found shot and wounded in Lyon on October 31.

Photo: afp via getty images / Jeff Pachoud

The 52-year-old victim, seriously injured last Saturday by a shot from a sawed-off shotgun, emerged from a coma on Wednesday and his hearing by investigators would have led to the arrest of the suspect.

Nikolaos Kakavelakis, priest of the Greek Orthodox Church in the 7th arrondissement of Lyon for ten years, had submitted his resignation a month ago.

This attack, which occurred in front of the church two days after the attack in the basilica of Nice, caused a great stir, but the lack of claim and the personality of the victim led the national antiterrorist prosecution not to take up the cases. facts, the track of a common law dispute being more privileged.

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