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World An Orthodox priest shot and wounded in Lyon, the fleeing author

21:10  31 october  2020
21:10  31 october  2020 Source:   liberation.fr

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Près de l'église orthodoxe où un prêtre grec a été blessé par balles samedi 31 octobre 2020 à Lyon. © PHILIPPE DESMAZES Near the Orthodox church where a Greek priest was shot and wounded on Saturday October 31, 2020 in Lyon. The priest was closing his church at the time of the incident. He is in serious condition.

An Orthodox priest of Greek nationality was in serious condition on Saturday after being shot with a sawed-off shotgun in Lyon. The attack took place at around 4 p.m. in the Jean-Macé district, in the 7th arrondissement. Its vital prognosis is engaged. The perpetrator is on the run.

An investigation has been opened by the Lyon prosecutor's office for "attempted murder". "No hypothesis is ruled out, nor privileged," said the prosecution, which said it was "in close contact" with the national anti-terrorist prosecution, which was not seized. At this point, the shooter's motives are unknown.

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The priest was closing his church when he was attacked by a lone man. Two detonations were heard by residents and a municipal police patrol, detailed the prosecution. An individual was seen fleeing. The victim was found "at the back door" of the church.


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Aged 52, the religious was hit at least once in the abdomen. He was picked up by the emergency services before being transported to hospital. According to Progress , the man, the father of a family, was the only one with the keys to the building. The government has left an exemption until Monday inclusive for places of worship to celebrate All Saints' Day despite the confinement.

Crisis staff activated

On site, the area was cordoned off, and soldiers intervened to establish a security perimeter around the church. The mayor of Lyon Grégory Doucet visited the site. The Interior Ministry's crisis unit was activated just after the incident. The Prime Minister announced at the end of the afternoon that he was joining Gérald Darmanin there, at the end of his visit to Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray (Seine-Maritime) where he was to check the protection system of the buildings religious activists after the attack on the Notre-Dame basilica in Nice which left three dead Thursday morning. "Serious events have just occurred in Lyon, I do not yet have specific information on the circumstances surrounding this act," said the Prime Minister.

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After the Nice attack, Emmanuel Macron has decided to increase the strength of Operation Sentinel from 3,000 to 7,000 soldiers. These reinforcements will be completed in the middle of next week .

Greek Orthodox priest shooting: French investigators consider 'personal dispute' .
Investigators are "leaning towards" treating Saturday's attack on a Greek Orthodox priest in Lyon, France, as a "personal dispute," according to a source close to the investigation. © PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP via Getty Images Security and emergency personnel respond to the shooting in Lyon on Saturday. The source added, however, that they are "not ruling out the terrorist explanation," although it is becoming "less and less believable." The 52-year-old priest was shot in the stomach and remains in hospital.

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