Greek Orthodox priest Nicolas K., 52, was shot dead on Saturday, in Lyon, and the perpetrator of the attack with a shotgun managed to escape.
The tragic event comes after the knife attack on a basilica in Nice and the arrest of a man armed with a knife in Lyon on Thursday, a police source told Le Figaro.

The attack took place on Saturday, at 16.00 local time (17.00, Romanian time), while the priest was closing the Greek Orthodox Church “Bunavestirea”, in the 7th arrondissement of the city.

The priest “was assaulted by a single man, who shot at him twice,” the quoted source said.
Police have set up a security perimeter in the area and are looking for the fugitive.

The life of the priest, who was conscious of the arrival of the saviors, is in danger. He was shot in the abdomen, write

A crisis cell has been set up at the French Ministry of the Interior, which is following the progress of the case.

Prime Minister Jean Castex, who is in Rouen at Saint-Etienne du Rouvray, is returning to Paris, he announced. For now, the trail of a new terrorist attack was not set.

A source close to the case told Le Figaro that it could be a dispute between a priest and a layman who assaulted him.

France, bloodied by attacks

Another attack took place this week in a church.

Three people were killed in an attack on a church in Nice on Thursday. They were all stabbed in the neck. The parish priest was 55 years old, and the two parishioners were 44 and 60 years old, respectively. The first of them died due to multiple injuries, in a nearby restaurant, shortly after he fled the church through a side door, investigators said. According to the first elements of the investigation, Brahim Issaoui, a 21-year-old Tunisian is the main suspect, but the police are trying to find out if he had other accomplices, which is why two other men were arrested with whom Brahim was seen in the days before the attack.

The Lyon attack also comes two weeks after Professor Samuel Paty was beheaded by an 18-year-old Chechen teenager, a refugee who had lived in France since the age of 6 and was shot dead by police shortly afterwards. crime.

The government has warned that further terrorist attacks could take place.

Authorities increased the number of soldiers deployed in Operation Sentinel from 3,000 to 7,000 to defend places of worship and schools in the wake of the attacks.