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Hours later, police in Avignon, southeastern France, shot and killed a man after he allegedly tried to attack them with a knife. Then, in Lyon, a suspect armed with a “long knife” was apprehended by authorities, purportedly as he attempted to carry out an attack.
France has raised its terrorism alert system to its highest level following the incident in Nice. The country has struggled to crack down on Islamic extremism following the beheading of a schoolteacher, Samuel Paty, by a Chechen refugee. Paty’s murder was thought to have been provoked by his decision to show cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his students during a lecture about freedom of speech.
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