Prosecutor: French Police Worker’s Killer Watched Jihadist Videos Before Attack

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Police officers secure the area where an attacker stabbed a police administrative worker, in Rambouillet, near Paris, France, April 23, 2021. (REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes)

The Tunisian national who killed a police administrative worker last Friday near Paris had watched videos glorifying acts of jihad just before carrying out his attack, said France’s antiterrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard.

The murder has shocked France, which faces a presidential election next year at which issues such as fears over terrorist attacks, immigration and violent crime will dominate the agenda.

Ricard told a news conference on Sunday that the official investigation had shown that the assailant, identified as “Jamel G.,” looked at the videos on his phone just before his knife attack on the police worker, a mother-of-two called Stephanie.

Stephanie died from stab wounds, while Jamel G was subsequently shot dead by police after the attack at a police station in Rambouillet, a commuter suburb south of Paris.

French President Emmanuel Macron said last Friday, in reaction to the killing in Rambouillet, that France had again been the victim of a terrorist attack.