Paris’ popular, gay mayor, Bernard Delanoë, was stabbed this week by an unbalanced man who says he hates “gays and politicians.” Delanoë was strolling through the Hôtel de Ville at 2:30 a.m., listening to one of the bands at the Sleepless Night festival, an all-night extravaganza of concerts across the city that the self-proclaimed “mayor of fun” had organized. Suddenly Azedine Berkane, a 39-year-old Algerian-born Muslim, leaped out of the crowd and plunged a knife into the mayor’s stomach. “The party must go on,” Delanoë gasped, before being whisked to the hospital for emergency surgery. He is expected to recover completely. Berkane, who has a history of psychiatric hospitalization, told police that the mayor’s open homosexuality was an offense to Islam.
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