Kermiche was stopped by German police in March 2015 and accused of trying to travel to Syria. He was sent back to France, where he was given conditional parole awaiting trial.
Two months later, he tried to enter Syria again, this time via Turkey. He was sent back to France again and was detained in May 2015.
Despite prosecutors’ protests, he was released in March this year on the condition that he live in his family home, go out only between 8.30am and 12.30pm, and wear an electronic tag that allowed authorities to monitor his movement.
The attack happened at 9.43am local time.
His sister, his parents, me – we did everything to try and get him out. I tried to talk to him. I told him to stop and that if he needed anyone to confide in outside of his family, I was there. And he answered, ‘Yes, OK, you are right’. But it was like he was inside a bubble.”
Le Parisien reported that Kermiche had recently made a widespread appeal for money, and treated those who refused – the majority – as unbelievers or infidels.