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Police arrest the attacker, Armand R., very close to the Eiffel Tower. These cell phone recordings are circulating on platform X. The perpetrator had killed a 24-year-old German tourist with a knife shortly before. His companion was unharmed, but suffered a shock. Quotes from Paris:
Syng Ryong Lee, exile from Korea:
"Well, they're tourists, right? And I'm also... I am an exile, not a Parisian. It might as well have hit me. That was my first feeling."
Maria, hotel employee:
"We see a lot of tourists, especially on Saturday nights. People take pictures and are excited to cross the bridge and see the Eiffel Tower and everything else. And that's pretty shocking, of course. Even for France, for our neighbourhood, this is not a good image of France. Mainly because he's a German, so that's Europe. It's sad."
Didier Fleury, Entrepreneur:
"If you look at the current news, it's not that surprising, it can't really surprise you. And since these are random attacks, it is very difficult to prevent them. There will probably be more. The holiday season is just around the corner, and I'm afraid it won't be the last. «
The perpetrator fled after the attack. And attacked two more people. Before he was arrested. He had been known to the domestic intelligence service because of radical Islamism and mental disorders. Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock commemorated the young German's relatives at X. Hatred and terror have no place in Europe.