Policewoman killed in Rambouillet: 3 people in custody, meeting in Matignon

Prime Jean Castex and the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin on Friday April 23 in front of the Rambouillet police station

RAMBOUILLET – The first police custody in the entourage of the assailant at the Rambouillet police station (Yvelines) continued on Saturday and were to help investigators draw the profile of Jamel G., a 36-year-old Tunisian, unknown to the police and intelligence, who murdered Friday with a knife, Stéphanie M, a 49-year-old police officer at the entrance of the building before being neutralized by bullets by the police.

This is the father of the murderer and two people who hosted him, one recently in Thiais (Val-de-Marne) and the other on his arrival in France in 2009, said a source familiar with the matter. . According to another source close to the investigation, the two people interviewed with the father form a couple who would have resided the assailant “at least administratively” in Val-de-Marne.

Jamel G.’s phone contained “nasheeds”, Muslim religious songs, now frequently used for jihadist propaganda, the source said. The anti-terrorism prosecution took up the investigation.

Meeting around Jean Castex in Matignon

The fatal attack, which comes after three jihadist attacks in a few weeks in the fall, mobilizes the government. A meeting will bring together this Saturday, April 24 at 3.30 p.m. the departments and ministers concerned (Interior, Justice, Armed Forces) around Prime Minister Jean Castex, who cut short his visit to Occitania.

He went on Saturday morning “to the Toulouse police station to reaffirm the complete determination of the State” in the face of the terrorist threat, according to Matignon. “We will not give up on the fight against Islamist terrorism,” President Emmanuel Macron tweeted on Friday.

Investigators must still use the elements seized during two searches carried out Friday at the homes of the landlord in Thiais and of the father in Rambouillet, where Jamel G. had moved, she said.

Identifications accrediting premiditation

Arrived in France in an irregular situation, this delivery driver had held a residence permit valid for one year since December, according to the national anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office (Pnat). The man would have carried out a “location”, accrediting the premeditation, before attacking the victim, according to the antiterrorist prosecutor Jean-François Ricard. Witnesses also reported that he shouted “Allah Akbar”, according to a source close to the investigation.

Investigators from the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police (DCPJ) and the General Directorate of Internal Security (DGSI) are working to clarify the path of Jamel G., if people have helped or encouraged him in his project as well. than its possible online contacts with members of the jihadist sphere.

Jamel G. is originally from Msaken, a commercial town near the seaside resort of Sousse, on the east coast of Tunisia, where his family still lives in a modest house. He would have at least one sister and two brothers, including a twin.

A cousin, Noureddine, met by AFP, described him as “someone very calm, not particularly pious”, but he had not seen him for a long time. One of his brothers-in-law told AFP that he had recently come to Tunisia for two weeks and that he was “depressed” at the time.

The next few days will also be those of tributes to Stéphanie M., mother of two daughters aged 13 and 18, administrative officer of the secretariat at the police station, for 28 years “in Rambouillet”, according to a police source. The police station is located in an affluent residential area of ​​this “quiet, almost provincial” city, underlined Mayor Véronique Matillon.

“To our heroines and everyday heroes who wear the uniform of the Republic every day with pride at the risk of their lives: the French know what they owe you”, tweeted Jean Castex, who had visited the site on Friday .

This tragedy comes as the Yvelines police keep in mind the murder of a couple of police officers, stabbed in 2016 in their house in Magnanville, by a man claiming to be part of the Islamic State organization (EI ).

On October 16, 2020, the Yvelines were again marked by the knife attack of a college professor, Samuel Paty, beheaded by a young man of 18 from the Russian republic of Chechnya.

Since 2015, a wave of jihadist attacks has left more than 260 dead in France. Several of these attacks were carried out with knives and targeting the police, in accordance with the recurring slogans of the EI group.

The last murderous attack by the police in France dates back to October 3, 2019, when, inside the Paris police headquarters, an employee stabbed three police officers and an administrative agent to death, before being killed. .

See also on Then24: Policewoman killed in Rambouillet: Macron and Castex assure that France “will not give in” to Islamist terrorism

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