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A Catholic priest has been killed by a man who had already been accused of burning down a cathedral.

The horrifying incident took place in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, a commune in the Vendée department in the Pays de la Loire region in western France.

A man, 40, has reportedly arrived at a police station on Monday morning, claiming he had killed the priest and was immediately arrested.

Police are then said to have travelled to the commune, where the grim discovery of the priest's dead body was made.

The alleged perpetrator is reported to be the a Rwandan refugee who is accused of setting fire to the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral in Nantes last year.

Police have said they are not currently treating the incident as a terrorist attack.

France Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced that he would travel to the scene on Monday.

In a tweet, he wrote: "All my support for the Catholics of our country after the dramatic assassination of a priest in Vendée. I go there."

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