Frenchman, 20, burst into Jewish museum with shogun to take hostages

Frenchman, 20, brandishing a shotgun bursts into a Jewish museum with Mein Kampf in his backpack in bid to take workers hostage before being overpowered by guards

  • Man, 20, threatened staff at Jewish museum in Mayenne, France with shotgun
  • He tried to take hostages, but gun was not loaded and he was overpowered
  • Police found antisemitic books and Hitler’s Mein Kampf in his backpack

A 20-year-old man has been arrested in France after bursting into a Jewish museum brandishing a shotgun and attempting to take hostages.

The unnamed man threatened staff at the ‘Memorial des déportés’, which commemorates the Jews who were deported to Nazi death camps during the Holocaust, in Mayenne in western France.

He was soon overpowered by guards and arrested by police, who found antisemitic books as well as Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf in his backpack.

Terror attempt: The man threatened staff with an unloaded shotgun at the ‘Memorial des déportés’, pictured, in Mayenne in western France

A prosecutor later described the man, who lived with his parents in the local area, as ‘mentally unstable’, ‘a failed basketball player’ and ‘loner’. 

The gun had been bought last Friday, and Gendarmes found its case in the car of the man who lived with his parents

Books entitled ‘The psychoanalysis of Judaism’, ‘Jewish Fanaticism’, ‘Jewish Mafia’ and Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ were found in his bag.

Tuesday’s incident was the latest of three ‘lone wolf’ incidents since the beginning of the year which have traumatised a country reeling from multiple killings by terrorists in recent years.

On March 23rd, French Moroccan Radouane Lakdim, 25, was shot dead after screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ and killing three civilians and a senior Gendarme at Trebes in southern France.

The three civilians were retired wine producer Jean Mazieres, whose car was stolen by the terrorist ; 50-year-old supermarket butcher and father of two Christian Medves and a 65-year-old former builder Hervé Sosna who loved poetry.

The Gendarme who died as an elite Gendarme squad stormed the supermarket where Lakdim was holding hostages was Arnaud Beltrame.

Last Sunday hundreds of tourists were evacuated from France’s second most visited tourist site the Mont Saint Michel in western France.

A 36-year-old man with convictions for drug dealing was reported by a guide after shouting that he was going to kill Police and their families.

Gendarmes carried out house to house searches for the man but he was able to escape from the iconic Mont St Michel.

Investigators identied the man from DNA taken from a coffee cup he had drunk from on the terrace of a café. He was later arrested at a motorway service area where he had boasted that he was the man behind the threats and evacuation which made national headlines.

French Interior minister Gérard Collomb revealed in February that two planned terrorist attacks against a sports centre and soldiers who maintain 24/7 vigilance as part of France’s ‘Opération Sentinelle’ have been prevented in 2018.

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