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Paris: French police have killed an armed man who was trying to set fire to a synagogue in the northern city of Rouen, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said in Friday.

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"National police in Rouen neutralised early this morning an armed individual who clearly wanted to set fire to the city's synagogue," Darmanin wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

A source close to the case told AFP the man "was armed with a knife and an iron bar, he approached police, who fired. The individual died".