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Mayor refuses to bury attacker

No one has proved that Bataclan gunman lived in Chartres, says head of local authority

THE MAYOR of Chartres is refusing to bury one of the Bataclan attackers.

Mayor Jean-Pierre Gorges said he will make “no effort” to bury the body of Ismaël Mostefaï until he has received proof that he lived in the commune.

The body of Mostefaï, one of three gunman who attacked the Bataclan concert venue in Paris killing 89 people, has been in a Paris mortuary since his death on November 13.

A municipality has limited grounds to refuse to bury someone. The law prevents such refusal in the case where the person died in the commune or has a family grave there.

Mostefaï was born in the Essonne in 1985 but moved to Chartres with his family when he was a teenager.

He registered the birth of his second child in the town on August 19, 2013, just before heading off to Syria, according to newspaper Echo Républicain.

However, the mayor said Mostefaï “certainly stayed here, but he had no proper address, he was squatting at someone’s”.

“I’m waiting for proof of where he lived until 2015,” he said and added that he would make “no effort if a demand for burial was made”.

The Echo Républicain said that the most likely resting place for the attacker would be Paris, where he died, or Algeria, the birthplace of his father and wife.

Photo:Flickr/Peter Dutton

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