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An alley in tribute to Mireille Knoll to be inaugurated Sunday in Paris

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The 85-year-old Holocaust survivor  was stabbed eleven times and burned. Her partially charred body was found in her flat in eastern Paris on 23 March 2018.

The antisemitic character of the murder was confirmed by a Court of Appeal.

An allay in tribute to Mireille Knoll, a Jewish octogenarian murdered in 2018, will be inaugurated Sunday in Paris.

The inauguration will take place at 11am, at 83 boulevard de Ménilmontant, in the 11th district of the French capital. The event will be attended by political, religious and civil personalities.

Aged 85 and suffering from Parkinson’s disease, Mireille Knoll, a Holocaust survivor,  was stabbed eleven times and burned. Her partially charred body was found in her flat in eastern Paris on 23 March 2018.

Yacine Mihoub, 31, the son of a neighbour who had known the woman since childhood, and Alex Carrimbacus, 24, an outcast with a psychiatric history, were quickly suspected for the murder.

The Paris Court of Appeal confirmed last year the anti-Semitic nature of Mireille Knoll’s murder by the two suspects.

In their decision, two investigating judges retained the anti-Semitic nature of the murder, based on the statements of Alex Carrimbacus. He said that, during a discussion with Mireille Knoll, Yacine Mihoub had criticized the Jews for “having financial means and a good situation”.

The two had appealed the decision to the investigative chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal. Their lawyers argued that the accusation of antisemitism had been ‘’fabricated’’.

The Court of Appeal rejected the plea and concluded that a discussion between the two assailants that invoked antisemitic tropes about Jews was “plausible.”

The two men will stand before a Court of Assizes, the criminal court which tries the most serious cases, for “murder on a vulnerable person and committed because of the victim’s religion”.

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