A deceased nurse, no apparent motive … What we know about the attack at the CHU de Reims


The death of the nurse attacked on Monday with a knife at the Reims University Hospital, is “one of the most intense tragedies that can affect our nation,” government spokesman Olivier Véran reacted on Tuesday, in unison with the political class. The 37-year-old nurse, victim of a man suffering from psychiatric disorders, died on the night of Monday to Tuesday, the day after an attack which aroused great emotion. For his part, the Minister of Health, François Braun, asked Tuesday that a “minute of silence” be observed this Wednesday.

François Braun calls for “a minute of silence in all hospitals”

The Minister of Health, François Braun, asked Tuesday that a “minute of silence in tribute” to the nurse killed at the CHU of Reims be observed “tomorrow noon in all hospitals”. “I ask tomorrow at noon in all hospitals, a minute of silence in tribute to Carène”, a 37-year-old caregiver whose fatal attack “is a tragedy that annihilates us all”, he declared during the Santexpo exhibition organized by the French Hospital Federation (FHF).

Before him, the president of the FHF, Arnaud Robinet, also mayor of Reims, deplored “the disappearance of one of ours”. “Carène exercised her nursing profession with passion, proud to provide care and humanity on a daily basis”, he added, calling for “everything to be done to reduce violence in our care sanctuaries”. .

“One of the most intense dramas” for the country, according to Véran

“It is one of the most intense tragedies that can affect our nation. We are talking about someone who devotes his life to protecting, to saving that of others and who finds death in a violent way”, declared the minister on France Inter this Tuesday. “I don’t know if we can associate the a priori act of an unbalanced person with the rise in general violence faced by all the depositaries of a form of state authority”, he underlined. , while inviting us to “question ourselves on a form of continuum between the violence of social networks, the verbal violence to which the political class sometimes indulges and these acts of everyday violence which can affect everyone”.

“The drama of the CHU de Reims affects the entire Nation”, reacted on Twitter the president of the National Assembly Yaël Braun-Pivet. Expressing his “emotion” after this “terrifying murder”, the boss of LR Éric Ciotti for his part asked on RMC-BFMTV “a major psychiatry plan” facing a sector according to him “completely neglected in our society” and which suffered of a “cruel collapse of means, affected beds”.

No apparent motive

The 59-year-old respondent, immediately arrested, “seems to have acted without apparent motive, especially since he had no appointment in this service”, according to the press release from the prosecutor of Reims, Matthieu Bourrette. This man was taken into custody for “attempted murder”. The investigation was entrusted to the central police station in Reims.

The man “seems to be suffering from severe disorders and has been the subject of a reinforced curatorship measure for several years,” the prosecutor said in a statement. He had benefited in June 2022 from a dismissal “for criminal irresponsibility”, after having been “indicted in Châlons-en-Champagne for acts of aggravated violence”, he added. “This case was soon to be discussed by the investigating chamber of the Reims Court of Appeal to rule on the security measures likely to be taken”, it is specified in the press release.

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