Incident Summary:

10/29/2020: An assailant armed with a gun attempted to attack civilians in Avignon, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France. Security forces opened fire on the assailant and the assailant was killed. Generation Identity claimed responsibility for the incident.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity French Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target France
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target France
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources questioned the mental stability of the assailant.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Generation Identity Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Man shot dead by French police in Avigon belonged to extreme-right group," TRT World, October 30, 2020.
"Second France ‘terrorist attack’: Knife-wielding man shouting 'Allahu akbar’ killed after attacking police in Avignon," Scotsman, October 29, 2020.
"Police Kill Armed Man Who Threatened Public in Avignon, France," Morocco World News, October 29, 2020.