One dead after Paris police open fire at Gare du Nord station

A man has died after being shot by police at Paris' Gare du Nord station, the country's interior minister has reported.

One dead after Paris police open fire at Gare du Nord station
Gare du Nord station. Illustration photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP

Police opened fire after a man armed with a knife threatened them at one of the capital’s busiest stations at 7am on Monday.

According to a France Télévisions journalist who was present at the scene, the man was waving a knife engraved with ACAB (All cops are bastards, a slogan often seen in French graffiti and on protests).

Police warned him to drop the weapon, but he did not comply and three or four shots were fired.

The man died at the scene – no police officers were injured.

Interior minister Gérald Darmanin tweeted: “This morning at around 7am, a police patrol was threatened by a knife-wielding individual on public transport in the Paris region. The police officers used their weapons, thereby averting any danger to themselves and to passengers.”

According to transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebarri, interviewed on RMC, the man was “known to police for wandering around the station”, he added that at this stage a terrorist motive has been ruled out.

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French pensioner pushed out of 17th-floor window ‘may have been victim of anti-Semitic attack’

An 89-year-old man who was pushed out of his 17th-storey window by a neighbour may have been killed because he was Jewish, a prosecutor said on Friday, after several shocking anti-Semitic murders in France in recent years.

French pensioner pushed out of 17th-floor window 'may have been victim of anti-Semitic attack'

The victim’s body was found at the foot of his building in Lyon, southeast France, on May 17th and the 51-year-old neighbour was arrested. But investigators did not initially charge him with a racist crime.

Last Sunday, the BNVCA anti-Semitism watchdog group said it would seek to be a plaintiff in the case, citing its similarity with the 2017 murder of Sarah Halimi, a 65-year-old thrown from her window in a case that sparked national outcry.

“After social media postings were provided to us, the prosector’s office has asked judges to consider the aggravating circumstance of an act committed because of the victim’s ethnicity, nationality, race or religion,” Lyon prosecutor Nicolas Jacquet told AFP.

He did not provide examples of the posts, but Gilles-William Goldnadel, a lawyer and commentator for CNews television, said on Wednesday on Twitter that the suspect had called out Goldnabel in messages, including one that told him to “remember your origins.”

“It’s no longer a question of telling us it’s the act of a mentally disturbed person. The truth of anti-Semitism must no longer be hidden,” Goldnadel wrote.

France has grappled with a sharp rise in violence targeting its roughly 500,000 Jews, the largest community in Europe, in addition to jihadist attacks in recent years.

The murder of Halimi drew particular outrage after the killer, who had shouted “Allahu akbar” (“God is greatest” in Arabic), avoided trial because a judge determined he was under the influence of drugs and not criminally responsible.

That prompted President Emmanuel Macron to seek a law change to ensure people face responsibility for violent crimes while under the influence of drugs, which was adopted in December 2021.

In 2018, 85-year-old Mireille Knoll was brutally stabbed in an attack by two men said to have been looking for “hidden treasures” in her Paris apartment.