A Moroccan man stabbed a woman and her three young daughters at a French resort today. The assailant is believed to have attacked the three girls outside the family’s apartment before entering the building. It was there that he attacked the mother. Left fighting for her life in a hospital near Grenoble is an eight-year-old daughter who suffered a perforated lung. The attack occurred in the Garde-Colombe in the Hautes-Alpes region near the Swiss border.
According to various media reports, the assailant attacked the women and girls because he felt they were inappropriately dressed. In this case, the victims were wearing shorts and T-shirts. The alleged perpetrator has been described as a 37-year-old man of Moroccan nationality. The girls are believed to be aged eight, 12 and 14 while the mother is 46. Raphael Balland, a prosecutor in nearby Gap, said that the motives for the attack remain unclear.
Deputy Mayor Jean-Marc Duprat of Laragne-Monteglin in the Hautes-Alpes region said the suspect, who is not related to them, was upset they were wearing shorts and T-shirts. There are reports that he met his eventual victims last night, who gave him assistance when he felt unwell. The alleged assailant and his two daughters were on vacation, as were the victims. He will be examined by a psychiatriat. When consulted by French authorities, the assailant's wife was in tears over the attack.
Official sources have not further identified the alleged suspect as to his religion or other information. He fled the scene in a car.
Florian Philippot, a politician who represents the National Front party, believes that the attack was inspired by Islam. He tweeted: "Islamist barbarian now attacks a mother and her daughters. It has become a regular thing. It's terrible and it must stop."
Europe as a whole is jittery. The attack in Hautes-Alpes came less than 24 hours after a Muslim fanatic attacked passengers on a train in Germany with an axe and knife, while on June 14 another Islamist assailant drove a truck down a street in Nice, rolling over and killing nearly 100 innocent people.
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