Paris attack: Attacker pledged allegiance to Islamic State in video

The perpetrator of the attack that killed a young German-Filipino tourist and wounded two others on Saturday night (December 2nd) in Paris, near the Eiffel Tower, had recorded a video before carrying out the act in which he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said on Sunday. The attacker's mother had expressed concern in late October. Darmanin is calling for the authorities to be able to "ask for an injunction for care


A forensic police officer works at the scene of a stabbing in Paris on December 2, 2023. The attack took place near the Eiffel Tower. AFP - DIMITAR DILKOFF

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Speaking in Arabic in the video, Armand Rajabpour-Miyandoab, a 26-year-old French-Iranian, was providing "support to jihadists operating in different areas," Ricard told a news conference. "This video was posted on his X account (ex-Twitter)," which was opened in early October and included "numerous publications on Hamas, Gaza and more generally Palestine," according to the magistrate.

The attacker's mother, a 26-year-old French-Iranian, had told authorities that she was worried about her son who was "withdrawing into himself," Ricard told a news conference.

Armand Rajabpour-Miyandoab was on file for Islamist radicalisation after being sentenced to five years in prison for criminal association with a view to preparing an act of terrorism, following a violent action plan in 2016 in the La Défense business district in western Paris.

The 26-year-old man, born in Neuilly (Hauts-de-Seine) in 1997, had psychiatric disorders, the prosecutor also told the press. An investigation has been opened on charges of "murder in connection with a terrorist enterprise, attempted murder in connection with a terrorist enterprise and terrorist criminal association with a view to the preparation of crimes against persons", he also said.

The investigations have been entrusted to the Paris judicial police and the General Directorate of Internal Security.

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Darmanin calls for the authorities to be able to "request an injunction for care"

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin demanded on Sunday evening that the authorities "be able to ask for an injunction for care" for a radicalized person being treated for psychiatric disorders in order to prevent acts like that of the Bir Hakeim bridge attacker. "What we probably need to change - we have seen this around the Prime Minister (Elisabeth Borne) - is that the public authorities, the prefects, the police can ask for and demand an injunction for care, which is not the case today," he continued.

The assailant "is an adherent of radical Islam and is mentally ill. He had stopped treatment at the request of some doctors," Darmanin said. The Minister of the Interior was speaking on TF1 at the end of a meeting in Matignon devoted to security.

Emphasizing that the "police officers were not doctors," he argued that they had "to deal with people with psychotic disorders and adhering to radical Islam." The minister insisted that France was "definitelyunder the radical Islamist threat". "We need to have an extremely firm criminal response," he added.

This stabbing attack has global repercussions. The place first, near the Eiffel Tower, known all over the world and symbol of France. The attack took place in Paris, less than a year before the Olympics. And finally, because of the nationality of the victim and the injured. A young Filipino German-speaking tourist killed and a British tourist injured in the eye by a hammer.

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