Hundreds of people on Friday in a village outside Paris honored the police woman who was killed last week by an extremist Muslim. Prime Minister Jean Castex led the ceremony in Rambouillet for Stéphanie Monfermé, which was awarded posthumously a high award, the legion dhonneur. After a minutes silence, a military chapel performed the anthem.
49-year-old Monfermé was stabbed to death a week ago at a police station in Rambouillet. Agents shot 36-year-old Tunisian Jamel Gorchene after the stabbing incident in which he had called “Allahoe akbar” (God is the greatest). According to prosecutors, just before his act, the man had watched religious videos glorifying jihadist acts.
The Prime Minister called religious fanaticism monstrous and Monfermés death an “unacceptable wound to the nation.” The government presented this week new anti-terrorism legislation that should help identify potential assailants earlier.
President Emmanuel Macron was not present at the ceremony. He attended the funeral the day before.