Two arrested over brutal killing of 85-year-old French Jewish Holocaust survivor

Mirelle Kanol, 85, a Holocaust survivor who was found murdered in her Paris apartment (Courtesy)
Mirelle Kanol found stabbed to death following blaze at her apartment; investigators say no apparent anti-Semitic motive but Jewish umbrella group urges further investigation


Two men have been arrested over the killing of an 85-year-old Jewish woman, a Holocaust survivor, whose stabbed body was found after her Paris apartment was set ablaze, police sources said Monday.

An autopsy conducted on the woman, identified Monday as Mirelle Kanol, who lived alone, showed her charred body also had at least 11 stab wounds.

A forensic examination of the apartment showed that an arsonist started a fire in at least five distinct areas of that space, the report also said.

An anti-Semitism watchdog initially said the case was reminiscent of an alleged anti-Semitic hate crime, but later said there was no immediate evidence of anti-Semitism.

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