Police have launched an investigation after a package of chopped-up human fingertips was sent to French President Emmanuel Macron’s official residence, the Paris prosecutor’s office has confirmed. CNN Thursday.
“A piece of a finger, what appears to be a fingertip,” said the Paris prosecutor’s office, which was mailed to the Elysee Palace. outlet. It added that the police had opened a case on Monday for “crime or offense against an elected official”.
Citing French newswire AFP, Politico reported that the package belonged to a mentally ill sender. The gruesome discovery was reported earlier in the week by staff working for President Emmanuel Macron.
The Elysee Palace has yet to comment on the report.
The Elysee Palace is the official residence in Paris of French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been in power since 2017.
Meanwhile, the discovery of the severed fingertip comes days after France witnessed violent protests over the shooting death of 17-year-old Nahel Mersouk during a police traffic stop in June. For weeks, protesters carried signs reading “Police Kill.” Protesters damaged hundreds of government buildings, while riot police officers clashed brutally with demonstrators.
The unrest prompted a crisis response from French President Emmanuel Macron, who held an emergency meeting with ministers in a bid to avoid divisions and unite the country in his second term. Macron called on TikTok and Snapchat to withdraw “the most sensitive content” and asked social media platforms to identify users who use the social networks to “call for violence or incite violence”.