youssouf78 years old, suffered minor stab wounds when trying to repel the aggressor in Annecy Thursday.
Four young children and two retirees were stabbed to death in the attack in the sleepy French mountain town of Annecy, and the French government declared the alleged assailant a syrian refugee.
Speaking to the news agency Reuters On Friday, Youssouf said he felt relatively calm recounting the incident.
“I felt like there was no reason for him to come attack me. I stayed calm, I didn’t go after him, to chase him. I stayed still, sitting, but he came like that and probably wanted to create another victim, bother another person,” Youssouf said.
“I can imagine the stress of the children’s families and their loved ones, or other children who saw the incident,” he added.
“Is terribleespecially with children attacked like this, it is terrible and especially in a quiet place and known for itI don’t know why Annecy, why here, but hey, we can’t reason with that,” he concluded.
A video of the attack, taken by a passerby and verified by Reutersshows the assailant jumping over a low wall into a playground and repeatedly lunging at a child in a prampushing aside a woman who tries to dodge him.
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Two of the injured children and one adult are found hospitalized in serious conditionwhile the other victims are stable.
The only person arrested for the crime is investigated for assassination attemptsince in principle the authorities have ruled out the terrorist motive. There is no criminal record and a criminal record has been set for this Friday. psychiatric examination to determine their status, reported the chain bfmtv.
Executive spokesman Olivier Veranavoided speculating in an interview with franceinfo about the reasons that led him to perpetrate the crime, just as he has avoided the derivatives that the case may have for the debate on immigration and asylum issuesespecially agitated by the extreme right.
The suspect identified himself to police as a Syrian Christian and, in fact, the videos captured at the time of the attack show that he shouted allusions to Jesus Christ.
Véran accused the leader of Marine Le Pen National Association of raising “erroneous” complaints and defended the obligation to examine asylum applications. The detainee arrived in France legally and since April of this year it had the status of refugee in swedenthe country in which you previously resided.
For Le Pen, the right to asylum must be “considerably” restricted. “When a country of the European Union grants this right, the beneficiary person should not be able to go to another country (…) so that we can recover the ability to control immigration,” said the former presidential candidate on the radio station Europe1.
(With information from Reuters and Europa Press)
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