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© Valery Hache, AFPPortraits of the three victims of the attack at Notre-Dame de Nice Basilica on October 29, 2020 โ€“ (from L) Nadine Devillers, Vincent Loques and Simone Barreto Silva โ€“ shown during a ceremony on November 7, 2020, in Nice, France.
Brahim Aouissaoui, the chief suspect in the fatal stabbings of three people in a church in the French city of Nice in October, was placed under formal investigation on Monday with their murder, anti-terrorism prosecutors said.

The 21-year-old Tunisian national, was shot and seriously injured by police after the October 29 attack. He was placed under formal investigation after his condition in hospital improved, allowing him to be questioned.

France last month raised its attack alert to the highest level after the Nice killings, which came two weeks after the beheading of history teacher Samuel Paty by an 18-year-old Chechen refugee for having shown his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed during a lesson on freedom of speech.

Aouissaoui had arrived in Europe from Tunisia in September, first crossing the Mediterranean to Italy and then crossing into France overland.

He was shot several times by police after his killing spree.