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French police shoot dead man trying to set fire to synagogue

FRENCH police killed a man after a synagogue was set on fire in the north-western city of Rouen.

He was armed with a knife and an iron bar and after he stabbed a police officer, a policeman shot him dead.

Rouen mayor Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol said the entire city was “battered and in shock”.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said: “National police officers neutralised an armed individual clearly wanting to set fire to the city’s synagogue.

“I congratulate them for their reactivity and their courage.”

The mayor said that man is thought to have climbed on to a rubbish bin and thrown “a sort of Molotov cocktail” inside the synagogue, starting a fire and causing “significant damage”.

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