French police clashed with protesters gathered outside a Kurdish cultural centre where a gunman killed three people and injured three others early on Friday. Le Monde reported that all three of the deceased victims were of Kurdish descent. Parisian police deployed teargas to disperse protesters who gathered outside the cultural centre chanting Kurdish slogans such as ‘Şehid Namirin’, which means martyrs never die.
French interior minister Gerald Darmanin visited the Kurdish cultural centre Ahmet-Kaya on Rue d’Enghien where the shooting occurred and said the gunman wasn’t known to French intelligence but he was known to judicial services, having been convicted twice previously. ‘The killer is of French nationality, he is 69 years old, he was not known by our intelligence services,’ he told reporters at the scene. The government added that it believed the incident to be racially motivated.