Claude Sinké, 84, famous Monday evening afternoon in Bayonne, in the southwest of France,
A former National Front candidate who allegedly tried to burn down a French mosque before shooting two Muslim worshipers said he did it to avenge the destruction of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Claude Sinké, 84, confessed to the attack in Bayonne, in southwestern France, on Monday afternoon after being arrested at his home in Saint-Martin-de-Seignanx, police said.
Since then he has told prosecutors that he was convinced that a fire that raged through Notre Dame in April and caused millions of pounds of damage was & # 39; caused by Muslims & # 39 ;.
His statement contradicts forensic evidence from police investigators who said the fire was an accident.
Marc Mariée, the prosecutor of Bayonne, said that Sinké & # 39; the known facts of the case & # 39; had admitted and acted on a conspiracy theory about Notre Dame.
He did not intend to kill anyone, he claimed, but "declares that he wants to avenge his behavior by destroying Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris," Mariée said.
Sinké, who remained in custody on Tuesday, is confronted with two allegations of & # 39; attempted murder &, # 39;
Two men, 74 and 78 years old, had challenged Sinké while he reportedly tried to set fire to the mosque's door on Monday around 3 p.m. and the suspect responded with gunfire.
Two men, 74 and 78 years old, had challenged Sinké while he reportedly tried to set fire to the mosque's door on Monday around 3 p.m. (photo: people gathered outside the mosque)
Sinké, who remained in custody on Tuesday, is confronted with two allegations of & # 39; attempted murder &, "prosecutors said (photo: French police on Monday)
One of the victims was placed in intensive care after being shot in the throat at a blank area, but both men are now & # 39; in a stable condition & # 39 ;, said Mariée.
After allegedly injuring the two men – who were not named – Sinké would have set fire to a car and disappeared.
He was later arrested by the police at his home in the village of Saint-Martin-de-Seignanx after the Monday attack.
An investigative source said: & Sinke entered the site of the mosque in Bayonne and was armed.
& # 39; He tried to burn the door flat, but two men aged 74 and 78 challenged him and he responded with gunfire. There was a small explosion when he set fire to a device.
& # 39; The mosque was full of people at the time and there was much panic. After injuring the two men, the man set fire to a car before he disappeared.
One of the victims was placed in intensive care after being shot in the throat at a blank area, but both men are now & # 39; in a stable condition & # 39 ;, reports (photo: a file photo of the mosque of Bayonne, southwest France)
After allegedly injuring the two men – who were not named – Sinké would have set fire to a car and disappeared (photo: French police are standing in front of the mosque in Bayonne, France)
& # 39; He was later arrested by the police in this house in the village of Saint-Martin-de-Seignanx. Weapons were found in the house.
& # 39; It is believed that Sinke may have spent time in the army and had strong right-wing extremist sympathies. & # 39;
Two gas bottles and a can full of gas were used in the attack and later found on the spot.
In 2015, Sinké stood for Marine Le Pen & # 39; s National Front in local elections. He won 17.5 percent of the popular votes in the Landes department, but did not win a seat.
The FN, known for its anti-Muslim sympathies, has since changed its name to the National Rally (NR).
Marine Le Pen, the current leader of the RN, insisted that the attack in Bayonne not the values of the National Rally & # 39; reflected.
President Emmanuel Macron condemned the & # 39; horrible attack & # 39; at the mosque and said that France & # 39; will never tolerate hatred & # 39 ;.
He added: & # 39; Everything will be done to punish the perpetrators and protect our fellow countrymen from the Muslim faith. & # 39;
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