The hammer-wielding terrorist who attacked police outside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was handed an award by the European Union for complaining about racism against migrants.
Farid Ikken, 40, emerged from a crowd of tourists on Tuesday afternoon swinging his weapon at three police officers.
The Algerian took one of the officers to the ground while shouting ‘this is for Syria‘ before police drew their weapons and shot two bullets at him.
Ikken, who was carrying kitchen knives, a hammer and other unsophisticated weapons, was injured in the attack and was taken to hospital.
Now it has emerged that he had worked as a reporter in Sweden – and received the EU’s ‘National Journalist Prize Against Discrimination’.
He was given the accolade by officials in Brussels after writing an article about asylum seekers ‘who are not entitled to medical care and who are therefore forced to seek shelter’.
It also included details of ‘healthcare staff and others who still provide healthcare to asylum seekers’ in defiance of rules prohibiting them to do so.
After winning the prize in 2009, Ikken said: ‘it has been gratifying that attention has been paid to such important topics as discrimination and diversity.’
French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the attacker cried ‘it’s for Syria’ as he went after…