Entertainment Assault of two women in Champ-de-Mars, Paris: what happened?

19:30  20 october  2020
19:30  20 october  2020 Source:   lemonde.fr

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Two women were stabbed on Sunday evening under the Eiffel Tower. A dispute over an unattached dog is believed to be at the root of the incident, in which racist slurs were allegedly used.

An investigation was opened into the charge of attempted voluntary homicide by the Paris prosecutor's office on Sunday, October 18, after two women were attacked with knives around 8 p.m. in Champ-de-Mars, Paris. Two people are currently in custody at the 7th arrondissement police station, responsible for investigations.

For twenty-four hours, the information that two cousins ​​of Algerian origin and veiled were victims of an assault of a supposedly Islamophobic nature in the presence of their children has circulated abundantly on Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat. "Yesterday 10/18/2020, Kenza and Amel, two women who were walking in Champ-de-Mars with their family, were violently stabbed in front of their children by two women, because they are Muslims and veiled", according to a tweet shared more 25,000 times.

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Several photos and videos from amateurs of the scene, such as a confused night video, a photo of firefighters at the foot of the Eiffel Tower or even a partially anonymized copy of a complaint filed in support of this thesis. . But the religious motive, particularly sensitive after the conflict in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines) which cost the life of a history and geography professor, has not yet been established. "At this stage of the investigations, there is no evidence to support the thesis of a racist motive or linked to the wearing of the veil," told Le Monde a source close to the investigation.

A dispute born of an unattached dog

What happened on Sunday evening on the Champ-de-Mars? Contacted by Liberation, one of the two plaintiffs, Kenza, 49, said her family, then out for a walk, quarreled with two young women who owned an unattached dog that frightened their children. The latter would have refused to put him on a leash. That is when the tone rose, according to the complainant. In the video circulating on social media, a panicked woman can be clearly heard screaming: "Call the fire department, she planted him [she stabbed him]", as well as the growls of an animal, and a woman screaming, "Let her go, big beast." "

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" There is no mention of the veil in the proceedings, a police source told Le Monde. It’s an annoying and pitiful assault on a dog, but there is no religious dimension to it. "The Paris public prosecutor's office is procrastinating, believing that" the investigation is underway, it is too early from our point of view to comment. "

"What I can tell you is that insults were used. Now tell you that the assault was intentional, that it was because they were wearing a veil, I don't know, "said Sofia, a member of the family of the plaintiffs interviewed by Le Monde. Kenza confirms that the motive was not according to her religious, but tells Liberation that she suffered racist insults ("dirty Arab"), before she and her cousin were stabbed several times. A version confirmed with Le Monde by his cousin Amel, who also mentions "we are at home", "come back to your country", and specifies that one of the attackers tore off her cousin's veil.

The two complainants were taken care of by the fire department and transported to a hospital, where the older of the two is still found. According to her family, the younger of the two cousins, Amel, received multiple stab wounds and had to have hand surgery. She was placed on sick leave for two months. The second, Kenza, was stabbed six times and suffered a puncture in the lung. His bears are not in danger.

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