In Paris, an attack on the Elysee Palace on Wednesday (23 November), ended with the death of a Presidential guard and the arrest of a mentally deranged gunman.
PARIS, FRANCE (NOVEMBER 22, 1977) (REUTERS)
GV EXT: Entrance to the Elysee Palace in Paris.
MV: Marking on ground where policeman fell. (TWO SHOTS)
MV: Detectives searching van as police and Press look on. (THREE SHOTS)
MV: Detectives loading possessions found in van into police car.
MV: Police guards stand by as accused man is led into police van. (THREE SHOTS)
MV: Interior Minister Christian Bonnet leaves palace and speaks to police officers.
MV: Police on guard outside palace PULL BACK TO GV.
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Background: In Paris, an attack on the Elysee Palace on Wednesday (23 November), ended with the death of a Presidential guard and the arrest of a mentally deranged gunman.
The attack on the Elysee Palace - the official residence of the French President, Valery Giscard d'Estaing - came while a cabinet meeting was in progress. The policeman who died had seen on guard duty outside the Elysee. He was shot by the driver of this Renault van, after he had failed to ran the Palace gates.
The assailant, who had been under police observation for three days, had a history of mental illness. He had previously sent threatening letters to President de Gaulle and President Pompidou. And in 1970, the man, 40-year-old Paul Lucas had been arrested for plotting a coup.
Interior Minister Christian Bonnet, President Giscard and the rest of the cabinet had been meeting when the attack occurred. There have been similar incidents. In 1974, a man crashed his car into the Palace gates and threatened to blow it up with dynamite unless his anti-pollution plans were studied.