Knife Attack at Paris Police Headquarters Leaves 4 Dead – The New York Times
Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, said in a post on Twitter on Thursday that “Paris is mourning its own” after a “horrifying attack.”
The police headquarters, located near the Notre Dame cathedral in central Paris, were closed and the surrounding area around were cordoned off after the attack. A nearby metro station was also closed.
President Emmanuel Macron, along with the prime minister, the interior minister and the Paris police chief, went to police headquarters to express his “support and solidarity” with the staff, his office said.
The attack came a day after tens of thousands of police officers demonstrated in Paris in anger over what they said were bad working conditions and a lack of public respect, and over several police suicides this year.
Pauline Rossignol, a 28-year-old human resource officer at the police prefecture, had been on her lunch break when the attack occurred. She said she had had enough of “tragedies” affecting her colleagues.
“It’s going to be one more minute of silence, after so many,” Ms. Rossignol said as she sat on the stairs by the banks of the Seine River, unable to go back to her office.