French policewoman fatally stabbed near Rambouillet Chateau

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A police official with a gun seen near the area where the woman was stabbed.

A French cop was fatally stabbed and her assailant then shot dead Friday inside a police station near the famed Rambouillet Chateau about an hour outside center-city Paris, authorities said.

A police official with a gun seen near the area where the woman was stabbed.
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The fatal encounter unfolded just after 2 p.m. in the quiet commune southwest of France’s capital city, according to authorities.

President of French Ile-de-France region Valerie Pecresse walks towards members of the media at the cordoned-off area where an attacker stabbed a female police administrative worker.
President of French Ile-de-France region Valerie Pecresse walks towards members of the media at the cordoned-off area where an attacker stabbed a female police administrative worker.
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The slain officer was 49 years old and worked as an administrative employee at the police station, which is just a short walk from the renowned 14th century chateau, authorities said.

A police officer stands guard in the area where the attack occurred.
A police officer stands guard in the area where the attack occurred.
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The motive was unclear, but authorities were probing whether the attack was linked to terrorism.

The officer who was killed worked as an administrative employee.
The officer who was killed worked as an administrative employee.
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“We are in a state of astoundment,” Karl Olive, vice president of the regional council, said on BFM television.

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