By Fergal MacErlean • 24 April 2022 • 15:08
The priest, named as Father Christophe, was knifed 20 times in the 10am attack at Saint-Pierre-d’Arène church on Sunday, April 24.
He is in a critical condition with chest and leg injuries it was reported.
An elderly nun was stabbed in the hand trying to shield Father Christophe from the savage attack.
A 31-year-old Frenchman, born in Fréjus, on the Côte d’Azur, is accused of approaching Father Christophe and unleashing the brutal attack.
According to local reports, the attacker shouted “We have to kill Macron” as he carried out his assault.
Police arrested the suspect, who is now in custody, according to The Sun.
The man allegedly suffers from a bipolar disorder, according to local reports. There was no suspicion of a terror motive.
The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, went to the scene and has stated on Twitter that the man was not known to police.
Estrosi said the man had received treatments for psychiatric care at the Sainte-Marie hospital.
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Originally from Dublin, Fergal is based on the eastern Costa del Sol and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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