man suspected of shooting three Kurds in Paris last week has been formally investigated, according to the city’s public prosecutor’s office.
Development took place on Monday when the suspect appeared before an investigating judge.
The 69-year-old man was arrested on Friday after two men and a woman were shot dead in a Kurdish cultural center and a nearby Kurdish cafe in the bustling 10th district of Paris.
The suspect’s name has not been officially released, although he is identified by French media as William K.
Under French law, a formal investigation means that there is serious or consistent evidence that a suspect is involved in a crime.
The investigation, carried out by a dedicated judge, will investigate allegations of murder, attempted murder and unauthorized possession of a weapon, prosecutors said in a statement.
It added that it suspects there was a racist motive behind the shootings.
Kurdish representatives have called for the shootings to be considered a “terrorist attack,” as police should have done more to protect them.
They organized a silent demonstration on the Monday afternoon when the shooting took place.
The killings led to protests that led to clashes with police over the weekend.
Anti-racism activists and left-wing politicians have linked the shooting to a climate of hate speech online and anti-immigrant, xenophobic rhetoric by far-right figures.
French authorities have reported an increase in crimes and violations related to race or religion in recent years.