The man who on Tuesday afternoon with a hammer attacked a policeman on duty next to the famous Notre Dame Cathedral, received the 2009 award from the Commissioner of the European Union.
40-year-old Farid Ikkken came to Sweden from Algeria in 2004, shortly after marrying Swedish women. In the new country he graduated in journalism and in the years 2008-2010 he worked as a journalist for several Swedish newspapers and radio stations in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Uppsala.
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In his journalistic work mainly he is moving subjects their country of origin – Algeria, and in 2009 received the award for journalism from the EU Commissioner for the article that the refugees do not have access to health care.
After defending his thesis at Uppsala University he went to Algeria briefly, then returned and settled in the French Metz, where he began his doctoral studies.
“Maybe I’m naive, but I did not notice him even a single trace that could indicate that it is Islamist. He wore a beard, dressed in a European, with sentiment talked about staying in Sweden – reports Mercier. He never said a bad word about Sweden, loved his work – emphasizes “- said Professor Arnaud Mercier, who met the bomber in 2013.
Later he called Algerian professor, when he moved to Paris. The last time I saw him in the summer of 2016 when the future of the bomber remained translations from Arabic to Swedish.
The French, in turn, the source said that after the incident Algerian stated that it is “a soldier of the caliphate,” or Islamic State. However, if no one is admitted to the attack Notre Dame.