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Two French women of Algerian origin were stabbed on Sunday evening on the Champ de Mars, following a dispute over a dog not kept on a leash. An investigation is opened and a suspect has been arrested.
Question asked by Antoine on 10/20/2020
Many of you ask us about information circulating massively on social networks. A video and three photos shared online report the knife attack of a family of nine, including women wearing the veil, by "two women of European type" on the Champ-de-Mars, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, October 18, 2020 in the evening.
As early as Monday evening, on Facebook,- regretting that the media did not report the attack - and attaches several documents about him: we thus find the extract of a trial- verbal, dated October 19, where a witness of the scene seems to recognize one of the people at the origin of the attack. A testimonial written on Snapchat messaging is also broadcast. A witness said: "Yesterday we were victims of racism [...] We are French of Algerian origin" veiled ", we were a family of nine with four children and four women. We were walking on the Champ-de-Mars next to the Eiffel Tower when two European-type women assaulted us and stabbed my sister and my cousin. ”
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Also shown is a photo of a firefighters intervention not far from the Eiffel Tower, as well as a video of the facts: this one, shot in the dark, is difficult to use. However, screams can be heard, including those of a woman urging the police to call the police. In addition, there are also barking dogs. Taking up the information, someAbsolute emergency anti-Muslim act.
The facts described did indeed occur on Sunday evening, a little before 8 p.m., near the Eiffel Tower. Asked by CheckNews, the Paris firefighters confirm an intervention on two women injured with stabbing, with wounds in particular on the back and side, "transported in absolute urgency to the hospital". They point out that the altercation between two groups of people would start with a dispute over a dog not kept on a leash. The Paris police headquarters, for its part, confirms this version. "This assault is said to follow a dispute between four women over a dog not kept on a leash and dragging near the children of the two victims," one told CheckNews. An investigation was opened and entrusted to the 7th arrondissement police station. One person was arrested, another, suspected of being also at the origin of the attack, is still at large.
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CheckNews has contacted Kenza, one of the victims. She confirms that the assault is the result of an altercation about dogs not kept on a leash, without evoking an Islamophobic motive, but indicating that racist insults ("dirty Arab") were said and that a veil would have been torn off during the fight. She recounts the incident: “We were a family, five adults in all and four children. We had gone out for a walk. At the level of the Eiffel Tower there is a small rather dark park, we took a little tour in it. As we move forward, there are two dogs that come towards us. The children got scared. My sister, who is veiled, asked the two women if it was possible to keep their dogs with them because the children were afraid. " The two women refuse to hold their dogs and the tone quickly rises. It is then that the racist insult "dirty Arab" is uttered. One of the attackers calls out to the children that they have only to "chart their course", which annoys their mother. Kenza, their aunt, intervenes: “I intervened. One of them pulled out a knife, hit me on the head, on the back on the ribs and a third hit on the arm. I managed to walk to where there was light, I could hear everyone screaming. I was screaming to call the police. I lay down on the floor, I thought I was going to die. They attacked my cousin. After they tried to escape and there are two men selling Eiffel Towers who grabbed one, the other ran away. "
Kenza says she is still in the hospital, along with her cousin. They have not yet filed a complaint. The Paris prosecutor's office confirms to CheckNews the opening of an investigation into the charge of attempted murder. And indicates that the person arrested is currently in custody.
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