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France: Police cordoned off the scene after eliminating a man suspected of setting fire to

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National Police said officers were alerted early Friday morning to smoke coming from the synagogue, and came face-to-face with the man when they arrived there.

French police shot dead a man armed with a knife and a metal bar, suspected of setting fire to a synagogue in the city of Rouen in the Normandy region of northern France, early Friday.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin reported on the social networking site “X” that the gunman had been “neutralized” and said: “In Rouen, members of the National Police neutralized early this morning an armed person who clearly wanted to set fire to the synagogue.” in the city. “I congratulate them on their reaction and their courage.”

National Police said officers were alerted early Friday morning to smoke coming from the synagogue, and came face-to-face with the man when they arrived there.

The National Police Information Service said the man lunged at officers with a knife and a metal bar. It was reported that a security officer opened fire and fatally wounded the man.

Rouen’s mayor, Nicolas Meyer-Russignol, said he believed the man climbed into a rubbish container and threw “a kind of Molotov cocktail” inside the synagogue, starting a fire and causing “severe damage.”

Rossignol added: “When the Jewish community is attacked, it is an attack on the national community, an attack on France, an attack on all French citizens.”

As a reminder, tensions and anger have increased in France over the Israeli war on Gaza, and security reports indicate an escalation of anti-Semitic acts in the country, which has the largest Jewish and Muslim population in Western Europe.

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