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Jean Castex announces tougher sentences against attackers of police officers or gendarmes

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11:10 p.m. : The announcements of Jean Castex on the tougher sentences against attackers of police officers or gendarmes were welcomed by the secretary general of the union of commissioners of the national police. “It’s a signal “, rating for franceinfo David Le Bars. “This remains a satisfactory measure for some, less for others because there is no automaticity or minimum penalty “, he nuances.

10:43 p.m. : The Prime Minister, who met in Matignon the representatives of the police unions, specifies that the security sentence for people sentenced to life for a crime committed against a police officer or a gendarme would be increased to thirty years. Also, the possibilities of reducing sentences for attackers of members of the police force will be strictly limited.

22:42 : Jean Castex announces tougher sentences against attackers of police officers or gendarmes, said Matignon in a press release.

8:43 p.m. : It is time to take stock of the news.

The tension rose several notches. Rockets were fired in the early evening from the Gaza Strip towards Israel, which responded. Follow our live.

The serial killer Michel Fourniret died at the age of 79, announced the Paris public prosecutor, Rémy Heitz. “It is a mixture of anger, despondency and suffering”, assures franceinfo Corinne Herrmann, lawyer for the families of the victims.

The number of Covid-19 patients identified in intensive care services continues to decline. There were 4,870 people in critical care services against 4,971 patients yesterday, according to figures from Public Health France.

The two main suspects in the murder of policeman Eric Masson killed in Avignon, aged 19 and 20, have already been sentenced “several times” for violence and infringement of the legislation on narcotics, declared the prosecutor of Avignon.

Emmanuel Macron commemorated, without speaking, in Paris the 20th anniversary of the Taubira law which recognized slavery as a crime against humanity.

8:41 p.m. : The main suspect in the murder of police officer Eric Masson in Avignon says “totally foreign to these facts” he “formally contests”, and “does not want to take for others”, his lawyer Louis-Alain Lemaire assured AFP on Monday.

6:36 p.m. : It’s time to take stock of the news:

Rocket salutes were fired in the early evening from the Gaza Strip into Israel. Alarm sirens from the Israeli authorities sounded in Jerusalem. Hamas had earlier threatened Israel with a further military escalation if its forces did not withdraw by 6 p.m. from the Mosque Plaza.

The serial killer Michel Fourniret died at the age of 79, announced the Paris public prosecutor, Rémy Heitz. He had been hospitalized at Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris since April 28 and an end-of-life protocol had been put in place, France Télévisions had learned from a close source, confirming information from the Parisian.

The two main suspects in the murder of policeman Eric Masson killed in Avignon, aged 19 and 20, have already been sentenced “several times” for violence and infringement of the legislation on narcotics, declared the prosecutor of Avignon.

Emmanuel Macron commemorated, without speaking, in Paris the 20th anniversary of the Taubira law which recognized slavery as a crime against humanity.

5:17 p.m. : The driver of the vehicle in which the suspects were arrested is 50 years old, specifies the magistrate. “More than 50 to 60 officials of the judicial police” are mobilized in this investigation, explains Commissioner Jean-Philippe Fougereau, who calls for great caution in the dissemination of information.

5:06 p.m. : “The sister of the one suspected of being the killer was also taken into custody. Four people are therefore taken into custody”, continues the prosecutor. “The two people arrested are both very young, they are 19 and 20 years old and have already been convicted several times, in particular by the juvenile court for acts of violence.”

5:05 p.m. : “It is under the authority of two investigating judges that the investigation has continued since last Friday. The two wanted people were likely to leave Avignon to take refuge in Spain. They were arrested last night at the Rémoulins toll booth. “

5:15 p.m. : The Avignon prosecutor must give a press conference at 5 p.m. on the death of policeman Eric Masson. You can follow it in our direct.

2:15 p.m. : It’s time to update the news:

The serial killer Michel Fourniret was hospitalized on Saturday at the secure interregional hospital unit of Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris, and his prognosis is vital, France Télévisions learned from a close source. An end-of-life protocol has been put in place for the detainee, aged 79.

The public prosecutor of Avignon will hold a press conference at 5 p.m., after the arrest of four people, as part of the investigation into the death of a police officer in Avignon. Here is what we know about these arrests.

According to Palestinian rescuers, 215 Palestinians were injured in further violence with Israeli police on the Mosque Plaza in East Jerusalem, after a weekend already marked by serious tensions.

• French justice ruled inadmissible the claims of a Franco-Vietnamese against 14 multinationals accused of having produced “Agent Orange”, ultra-toxic product spilled on forests during the Vietnam War, concluding that these firms had acted “on behalf of the American state”.

12:20 : The public prosecutor of Avignon will hold a press conference this afternoon at 5 p.m. Here is what we know about the arrest of the alleged shooter and his accomplices.

12:20 : Searches are underway at the homes of the suspects, Franceinfo learned from a source close to the case. The alleged 20-year-old shooter did not have a weapon at the time of his arrest.

12:03 : It’s already noon, let’s rewind the news of the morning:

• Four suspects, including the alleged shooter, were arrested in connection with the investigation into the death of a police officer during an anti-drug operation in Avignon. Here is what we know about these arrests.

• Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police have resulted in “hundreds of wounded”, this morning on the Esplanade des Mosques in Jerusalem, reports the Palestinian Red Crescent.

• Vaccination against Covid-19 is open, from today, to all French people aged 50 and over. Follow our live.

• Five departments in the South-East are placed in orange “rain-flood” vigilance. The alert is in effect until tomorrow morning.

10:57 a.m. : “We have just questioned them, which is already excellent news, since there is among them a potential murderer of police officers, therefore a very dangerous individual. (…) I think we hit the target. “

David Le Bars, secretary general of the Union of National Police Commissioners, welcomed the arrest of two suspects as part of the investigation into the murder of a police officer in Avignon.

09:02 : It is already 9 o’clock, here is the main information of this morning:

• Four suspects, including the alleged shooter, were arrested in connection with the investigation into the death of a police officer during an anti-drug operation in Avignon. “They are French, born in France and linked to drug trafficking, they are under 30 years old”, said the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin. Follow our live.

• Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police have resulted in “hundreds of wounded”, this morning on the Esplanade des Mosques in Jerusalem, reports the Palestinian Red Crescent.

• Vaccination against Covid-19 is open, from today, to all French people aged 50 and over. Follow our live.

• Five departments in the South-East are placed in orange “rain-flood” vigilance. The alert is in effect until tomorrow morning.

08:56 : The Minister of the Interior, guest of BFMTV this morning, specifies that the four suspects will be brought to justice today. Gérald Darmanin adds that the police “strongly suspect” the shooter alleged to be among those arrested. “They are French, born in France and linked to drug trafficking, they are under 30 years old”, he explains.

08:56 : Four people were arrested as part of the investigation into the death of policeman Eric Masson in Avignon, announces Gérald Darmanin.

08:36 : A third person was arrested in connection with the investigation into the death of a police officer during an anti-drug operation in Avignon last week. According to our information, the suspects in custody are the alleged shooter, an alleged accomplice and a driver.

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