A person attacked a policewoman with a knife in western France on Friday, severely wounding her and sparking a manhunt, native police stated.
The suspect, nonetheless armed, was on the run after the assault in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre close to Nantes, and police dispatched 80 officers to pursue him, a police supply stated.
The BFMTV station stated that he took the policewoman’s service weapon earlier than fleeing.
Pupils within the space’s major and center colleges have been saved indoors, a metropolis official instructed AFP.
A supply near the investigation stated that the policewoman’s accidents have been life-threatening.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin was on his technique to the scene, his ministry stated.
La Chapelle-sur-Erdre is a small city of 20,000 inhabitants simply north of Nantes close to the French Atlantic coast.
The assault got here on the identical day that Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti known as on French judges to point out “firmness” when coping with individuals discovered responsible of assaults on police forces.
All such circumstances of violence ought to go earlier than a legal court docket, he stated in a memo to investigating magistrates seen by AFP.
French law enforcement officials have demanded higher safety and harsher punishment for assaults in opposition to them.
Earlier this month, officer Eric Masson was shot lifeless whereas investigating exercise at a recognized drug-dealing website within the southern metropolis of Avignon.
Masson’s dying got here after the April 23 killing of Stephanie Monferme, a police worker who was stabbed to dying within the city of Rambouillet exterior Paris within the newest jihadist assault in France.
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