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Universities on high alert following fatal school attack


Special measures in place in French higher education and research establishments

Universities and research centres in France have been placed on the highest level of alert under Vigipirate, the national security alert system, following a fatal knife attack at a secondary school in Arras, northern France.

The attack, which occurred on 13 October and has been labelled as an act of terrorism by the French government, left Dominique Bernard, a teacher at the school, dead and three others seriously wounded. The suspected perpetrator, a 20-year-old Russian man, has been arrested and is being held in custody.

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