The man accused of shooting dead six Muslim men during evening prayers at a mosque in Canada was known for having far-right views. French-Canadian student Alexandre Bissonnette has appeared in court charged with the killings and five counts of attempted murder. The attack took place at the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre at about 8pm on Sunday, as around 50 people gathered for worship. Bissonnette made a brief appearance in court and did not enter a plea.
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Witness Noemie Roussel Paradis
The 27-year-old reportedly had nationalist and right-wing sympathies. His Facebook page listed French far-right party leader Marine Le Pen and US President Donald Trump among his “likes”. He had also expressed support on the site for Generation Nationale, a group whose causes include the rejection of multiculturalism. One user of the online forums that Bissonnette was also said to use, Eric Debroise, told Le Journal de Quebec his ideals were “very right and ultra-nationalist white supremacist”.
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