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Lille: arson in a nursery school, firefighters victims of mortar fire


A third of the building was destroyed by the flames. Martine Aubry, the mayor, “strongly condemns this act which attacks a place so essential for children”.

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A nursery school in Lille was set on fire by mortar fire on Thursday April 22, franceinfo learned from corroborating sources. The fire broke out shortly before 8:30 p.m. at the Hachette school, located rue Léon Blum. A third of the building was destroyed, according to the firefighters of the North, contacted by France Bleu Nord.

Witnesses called for help around 8:15 p.m., warning of a “significant plume of smoke” emerging from this school in the south of Lille. On their arrival, the firefighters were victims of mortar fire, a police source told Franceinfo. When the police arrive, “the attackers had left the scene”, she adds, specifying that they were still victims “projectile throws” from nearby buildings.

At 9:10 p.m., the fire “of criminal origin has been circumscribed”. In a Tweet, the mayor of Lille, Martine Aubry, “strongly condemns this act which attacks a place so essential for children, a place of education and emancipation, a living symbol of the Republic”.



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