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Drunk knife attacker stabs six people in Paris rampage

A drunken man wielding a knife sparked panic in the streets of northern Paris after a rampage in which he stabbed six people before being arrested after a major police operation.

Drunk knife attacker stabs six people in Paris rampage
Rue Marx Dormoy where the attack happened. Photo: 최광모/Wikicommons

The incident began just after 11 pm on Tuesday in the downmarket area around Rue Max Dormoy in the 18th arrondissement when the individual pulled out a knife and began randomly stabbing passers-by, media reports said.

Police did not say if the assault might be a terror attack or if was being classed as a drunken rampage by an unstable individual.

The man then made off on foot, after wounding five people who had to be taken to hospital for cuts that were described as not life-threatening.

The attack happened at Rue Marx Dormoy in the north of the capital. Google Maps

A sixth person was also stabbed but the knife did not penetrate his thick winter clothing and he escaped injury.

Parts of the attack were caught on surveillance cameras. Police quickly launched a major operation to track down the attacker.

Images of him were taken from the CCTV footage and distributed to all units in the area, while officers monitoring surveillance camera screens were also able to follow where the suspect was heading.

The man was seen taking refuge in the entrance of a building on Rue Philippe-de-Girard in the 10th arrondissement.

When police finally detained him, they said his clothes were covered in blood and he was clearly drunk, Le Parisien reported.

The knife allegedly used in the attack was found in a nearby street.

The suspect was held overnight in a police cell and was due to be interrogated on Wednesday when he sobered up.

France remains on high alert following a series of knife attacks and attempted knife attacks over the past year. The most serious was a year ago when a soldier guarding the Louvre shot an Egyptian man who tried to attack a security patrol with a machete shouting “Allahu Akbar”.

The Egyptian survived and is now awaiting trial for terrorist offences.

Soldiers were deployed on the streets of Paris and other French cities in the wake of a wave of terror attacks by radical Islamists in recent yeas that have killed more than 230 people.

 

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French court convicts 8 for stealing Banksy from Paris terror attack site

A French court on Thursday convicted eight men for the theft and handling of a Banksy painting paying homage to the victims of the 2015 attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris.

French court convicts 8 for stealing Banksy from Paris terror attack site

Three men in their 30s who admitted to the 2019 theft were given prison sentences, one of four years and two of three, although they will be able to serve them wearing electronic tracking bracelets rather than behind bars.

Another man, a 41-year-old millionaire lottery winner and street art fan accused of being the mastermind of the heist, was given three years in jail for handling stolen goods after judges found the main allegation unproven. His sentence will also be served with a bracelet.

Elsewhere in the capital, the defence was making its final arguments in the trial of the surviving suspects in the 2015 Paris attacks themselves, with a verdict expected on June 29.

‘Acted like vultures’ 

British street artist Banksy painted his “sad girl” stencil on the metal door of the Bataclan in memory of the 90 people killed there on November 13th, 2015.

A white van with concealed number-plates was seen stopping on January 26, 2019 in an alleyway running alongside the central Paris music venue.

Many concertgoers fled via the same alley when the Bataclan became the focal point of France’s worst ever attacks since World War II, as Islamic State group jihadists killed 130 people at a string of sites across the capital.

On the morning of the theft, three masked men climbed out of the van, cut the hinges with angle grinders powered by a generator and left within 10 minutes, in what an investigating judge called a “meticulously prepared” heist.

Prosecutor Valerie Cadignan told the court earlier this month that the perpetrators had not sought to debase the memory of the attack victims, but “being aware of the priceless value of the door were looking to make a profit”.

She said the thieves “acted like vultures, like people who steal objects without any respect for what they might represent”.

During the trial, Bataclan staff said the theft sparked “deep indignation”, adding that the painted door was a “symbol of remembrance that belongs to everyone, locals, Parisians, citizens of the world”.

Investigators pieced together the door’s route across France and into Italy, where it was found in June 2020 on a farm in Sant’Omero, near the Adriatic coast.

Three men involved in transporting the door were each jailed for 10 months, while a 58-year-old Italian man who owns a hotel where it was temporarily stored received a six-month suspended sentence.

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