"I hate Kurds because they let ISIS militants live"
The French shooter suspected of killing three Kurdish people in Paris last week has been placed under formal investigation and put behind bars, the city prosecutor's office said on Monday.
The 69-year-old man who stood before court said he hated Kurdish people because “they took hostage the ISIS militants instead of killing them.”
Under French law, being put under formal investigation means there is serious or consistent evidence pointing to implication of a suspect in a crime.
The investigation carried out by a dedicated judge will look into charges of murder, attempted murder and unauthorised possession of a weapon, the prosecutor's office said in a statement.
The prosecutor Laure Beccuau earlier said that a burglary at thne attacker’s home in 2016 had triggered a "hatred of foreigners that became totally pathological."
During police custody, he defined all the non-European foreigners as “enemy,” and said he shot at them without knowing who they were, and his only regret was being unable to kill himself.
The attacker, identified as William M. by the French media, was arrested on Friday after shooting two men and a woman dead at a Kurdish cultural center and nearby Kurdish cafe in the French capital's busy central 10th district.
According to the media, a retired train driver from SNCF, he was also convicted of armed violence in 2016 by a court in Saint-Denis but appealed. A year later, he was also convicted of illegally possessing a firearm.
More recently, in 2021, he was charged with a racist attack after he allegedly stabbed migrants and slashed their tents with a sword in a park in eastern Paris.