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Teenager arrested over Paris 'terrorist attack' hoax

A 16-year-old boy was detained on suspicion of taking part in a false alert of a hostage-taking in a church in Le Marais district of Paris on Saturday, which led to a major anti-terrorist police operation.

French Muslims join Mass in show of unity after priest's murder

Answering a call by religious leaders for the display of solidarity after the killing of a priest by Islamist teenagers, groups of Muslims joined Sunday Mass ceremonies.

Acquaintance of French priest killer detained days before attack

A 17-year-old who tried to reach Syria last year with one of two men who attacked a church in Normandy was detained in Geneva and deported to France, reports say.

Syrian refugee arrested in France over church attack

A copy of the passport of the unidentified man was found at the home of Adel Kermiche, one of two men who murdered a priest in Normandy on Tuesday.

 

Church aassailant spoke of 'knife carnage' weeks before attack

Adel Kermiche, 19, used encrypted messaging service Telegram to tell fellow jihadists 'You take a knife, you go to a church, you make carnage'.

French judges in the dock over priest killer's release

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Adel Kermiche, one of two men who attacked a church in Normandy on Tuesday morning and committed the horrific murder of an 86-year-old Catholic priest in the name of the Islamic State group, was at the time on conditional release from preventive detention. The revelation that he was wearing an electronic tag with permission to leave his home near to the church on weekday mornings has caused a storm of controversy in France, and fierce criticism of the judges who decided his release from prison in March, despite the objections of the public prosecutor's office. Mathilde Goanec hears from fellow magistrates of what they describe as a fine line in assessing the true danger individuals like Kermiche represent.

Second man in Normandy priest killing identified by DNA

Man who carried out attack on church with Adel Kermiche is identified by DNA as Abdel Malik Petitjean, 19, and who was known to security services.

Second Normandy church attacker 'named'

The suspected identity of the man who joined Adel Kermiche in the murderous attack on a Normandy church was found in Kermiche's home.

French religious leaders urge unity after Islamist attack on church

After meeting with President François Hollande, France's religious leaders called for solidarity in face of what Paris mosque rector called 'blasphemous sacrilege'.

Priest murdered in Normandy church attack claimed by Islamic State: update

The scene close to the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray on Tuesday morning. © Reuters The scene close to the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray on Tuesday morning. © Reuters

A priest was murdered and one of his parishioners left in a critical condition by two knife-wielding men acting in the name of Islamic State group (IS) who attacked a Normandy church during a celebration of Mass on Tuesday morning. IS later claimed responsibility. The assailants, who had cut the 85-year-old priest’s throat in front of a small group of nuns and worshipers, and who attempted to cut the throat of a parishioner, were shot dead by police as they came out of the church in what is believed to be the first attack on a Catholic place of worship in Europe by Islamic extremists. Paris public prosecutor François Molins provided further details about the attack on Tuesday evening. Graham Tearse reports.

Tributes pour in for priest murdered in Normandy church attack

Retired priest Jacques Hamel, 86, who had served almost 60 years in the clergy and who continued to help the local church, was described as 'a good man'. 

French Pyrenees priest admits stealing 700,000 euros of church funds

Retired priest René Heuillet, 80, admitted pocketing church collections between 1987 and 2013, plus 100,000 euros from sales of votive candles.