Paris, France — Mireille Knoll, 85, was found dead from multiple stab wounds; her apartment had been set on fire and police had to recover her body. Authorities say that she sustained 11 stab wounds and the fire had partially burned her body.
Two men have been placed into custody, both in their twenties. One had already been arrested for sexual assault of Ms. Knoll’s housekeeper’s daughter (though Ms. Knoll was reportedly unaware of this), and the other was a homeless man with a history of violence. Both hailed from North Africa, though police have refused to disclose any further information on the origin of these men, or any possible motives, as the investigation is ongoing. However, they are certain that the attack was “motivated by the real or supposed adherence to a religion.” This essentially confirms that investigators do believe that the attack was rooted in the fact that she was Jewish.
Emmanuel Macron, President of France, said in a tweet: “I express my emotion at the appalling crime committed against Mrs. Knoll. I reaffirm my absolute determination to fight against anti-Semitism.”
J’exprime mon émotion devant le crime épouvantable commis contre Mme Knoll. Je réaffirme ma détermination absolue à lutter contre l’antisémitisme. https://t.co/FcSb1gqkQo