The police custody of the man arrested after the attack on a priest with a knife, this Sunday in the church of Saint-Pierre d’Arène, was lifted in the evening. The individual, presented as unbalanced, was “placed in compulsory hospitalization”, announced to 20 Minutes the public prosecutor of Nice.
Xavier Bonhomme also specifies that “the investigation is continuing under the direction of the Nice prosecutor’s office, the National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office not seizing”. This specialized court had been “advised as is customary in this kind of case”, but the terrorist track seemed quickly dismissed.
“Bipolar” and “unbalanced”
The assailant, a 31-year-old individual described as “bipolar” and “unbalanced”, and having already made several stays in a psychiatric hospital, “spontaneously” declared to the police “that he wanted to kill Macron and that he was finally fell back on a church”.
It was around 10 a.m. this Sunday morning, just before mass, that this native of Fréjus, used to the parish, burst into the religious building armed with a knife. He then stabbed Father Krzysztof Rudzinski several times, hitting the leg and chest. A sister, who was present as a dozen faithful, was also injured while disarming him. Their days are not in danger.