Lyon, France – The attacker who shot a priest in front of a church in France has admitted to carrying out the attack because of his wife’s legal relationship with Pastor Nikolaos Kakavelakis. In the wake of the attack, French President Macron was critical of Muslims.
French President Macron’s church attack targeting Islam A man detained in the church attack in Lyon, France, has admitted carrying out the attack because of his wife’s legal relationship with Pastor Nikolaos Kakavelakis. In the aftermath of the attack, French President Macron was critical of Islam.
He found out about the pastor and his wife’s relationship.
Interesting details have emerged from the prosecution’s investigation into the incident of Kakavelakis, 52, who was shot 2 weeks ago while closing a church in the city of Lyon.
According to French newspaper Le Monde, the 40-year-old Georgian man who was detained confessed to carrying out the attack because he was having an affair with the wife of Pastor Kakavelakis.
He shot the pastor with a shotgun.
Greek Orthodox Church pastor Kakavelakis was shot with a shotgun as he closed the church, and the attacker fled.
Pastor Kakavelakis, who was taken to hospital with serious injuries, was out of a coma on Thursday.
Lyon shooting: Suspect admits attacking priest ‘over affair’
Priest was shot because he was having affair with the wife of the man who shot him.
A suspect has admitted to the shooting of a Greek Orthodox priest in the French city of Lyon last week over a personal dispute, prosecutors have said.
The 40-year-old suspect told prosecutors the priest was having an affair with his wife.
The priest, Nikolaos Kakavelakis, 52, was shot twice with a sawn-off shotgun outside his church on 31 October.
He spoke to police after coming out of a coma on Wednesday.
The shooting came days after three people were killed in a knife attack at a church in the southern French city of Nice.
It was initially feared to be a copycat of what French President Emmanuel Macron called an “Islamist terrorist attack” in Nice.
The motive for the shooting in Lyon was not clear at first, with officials opening an investigation for attempted murder.
But the investigation progressed this week when the priest was able to talk to the police.
The suspect, who is said to be of Georgian nationality, was arrested at his home in Lyon on Friday, French newspaper Le Parisien reported.
The newspaper, citing a statement from Lyon’s public prosecutor, Nicolas Jacquet, said the suspect “turns out to be the husband of a woman who was having an affair with the victim”.
The suspect told prosecutors he had not intended to kill the priest, who was romantically involved with his wife, a 35-year-old Russian, the newspaper said.
The priest, who is recovering after surgery, had announced his resignation from the church a month earlier.