Jean Castex: “It is the Republic which is under attack”

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French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced Saturday in Toulouse to shorten his trip to Occitania to hold a meeting in Paris with the departments and ministers concerned on the “follow-up to be given” to the fatal attack on a policewoman the day before in Rambouillet.

“My visit today takes place in a very particular context linked to the despicable attack on a police officer in Rambouillet yesterday. It is the Republic which is under attack, it is the State which is challenged, and we will not let it go. This will lead me to adapt my visit. I will go to the Toulouse central police station, ”said Jean Castex.

“I will postpone this trip to the Gers to take stock with the ministers and the departments concerned on the follow-up to be given to the dramatic events which occurred yesterday,” he added. The prime minister will not go to Sainte-Christie and Vic-Fezensac as initially planned, but will go to a police station in Toulouse before returning to Paris, according to the same source who did not provide more details.

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A 36-year-old man, a Tunisian national, killed a police officer by stabbing her twice in the throat on Friday in the entrance to the Rambouillet (Yvelines) police station, before being shot dead by the police. The national anti-terrorism prosecution took up the investigation.

This new stabbing attack against a member of the security forces is a reminder that the country, whose Vigipirate plan had been demoted at the beginning of March to the intermediate level “risk of attack”, still lives under a very high jihadist threat since 2015. .