Macron attends funeral of murdered police officer

The funeral of police officer Stephanie Monferme, who was killed by a Tunisian national in the commune of Rambouillet near Paris, was held in France. The funeral was attended by French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte, French newspaper Le Progrès reported Thursday, April 29.

The presidential couple traveled privately to the commune of Saint-Léger-en-Yvelines, where the policewoman lived and where she was buried.

A national ceremony in memory of the murdered woman is scheduled for April 30, to be led by Prime Minister Jean Castex. He will be accompanied by Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, Public Service Minister Amélie de Montchalain, City Minister Nadia Hay and others.

Stephanie Monferme will be posthumously awarded the Legion of Honor.

The attack on the 49-year-old police officer occurred April 23 at the police commissariat in the French commune of Rambouillet. According to the prosecutor’s office, the attacker stabbed the victim fatally in the stomach and throat. The attacker was a 36-year-old Tunisian national who arrived in France in 2009. He was wounded by law enforcement officers while attempting to apprehend him and later died. The anti-terrorism unit of the Public Prosecutor’s Office has been assigned to investigate the incident.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex, who arrived on the scene, called the attack a new terrorist attack.

“Once again, the department of Yvelines is being severely tested by terrorist attacks, as we all remember the heinous attack in Magnanville in 2016 and the recent murder of Samuel Paty,” BFMTV quoted him as saying.

Jean Castex declared the determination of the French government to fight against all forms of terrorism. At the same time, the head of the Ile-de-France region, Valerie Pecres, said on air of the TV channel that the attack was an attempt to destabilize the country. She called what happened a barbaric attack.