French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, guest of the French TF1 channel, made statements regarding the knife attack that took place in the city of Annecy this morning.
Darmanin noted that the suspect did not have a prominent profile in French intelligence and intelligence records around the world.
Stating that the suspect, who has been a refugee in Sweden for 10 years, is legally in France, Darmanin stated that the suspect, whose asylum request was accepted in 2013, has a residence permit in this country.
Darmanin said the suspect sought asylum in Switzerland, Italy and France in October 2022, for reasons that are not clear and he did not need it.
Noting that France reported on June 4 that the suspect had refused the asylum request, Darmanin said that there was a “surprising coincidence” between the rejection of the asylum request and the occurrence of the attack.
“Worst day for the French”
Gerald Darmanin said, “I’ve been Minister of the Interior for 3 years. I’ve seen very difficult things, but (today) is the worst day for the French. Attacking children, it’s indescribable.” said.
Noting that the suspect was checked by the police on June 4 because he had been bathing in Lake Annecy, Darmanin noted that there was nothing to blame against him at that time.
In Annecy, France, a person attacked the people around with a knife this morning in a park, wounding 6 people, including 4 children.
Police took the suspect into custody with a gunshot wound.
President Emmanuel Macron also called the attack “cowardly” on Twitter and stated that especially children were the victims of the attack.
Using the expression “The nation is in shock” regarding the attack, Macron offered his condolences to the families of the victims.
In the images shared on the social media regarding the attack, it is seen that the person with the knife attacked the children in the vicinity despite the obstacles of the two people.