I wonder what religion he was

A, ahem, man… in France, ehm… attacked some girls.

The 46-year-old woman and her three daughters – aged 14, 12 and eight – are said to have been targeted while holidaying near Laragne in Hautes-Alpes in southern France

An eight-year-old girl is fighting for her life after a mum and her three daughters were reportedly stabbed in a French holiday resort for being ‘scantily dressed’.

The French family are said to have been targeted while holidaying in Garda-Colombe in the Hautes-Alpes near Montpellier in southern France.

The 46-year-old woman and the girls – aged eight, 12 and 14 – were all attacked before the knifeman fled the scene – according to police.

The eight-year-old was airlifted to hospital in nearby Grenoble with a punctured lung and is in a critical condition.

Now, it would be totally unacceptable to assume this man was motivated by religion.  Any religion.  And we must not draw conclusions about his name.  That wouldn’t be fair. 

The 37-year-old man has been identified by French media as Mohamed Boufarkouch, who was born in Morocco.

He is reportedly unknown to the police and gendarmerie.

He was arrested following the incident at around 10am local time this morning and is still in custody on suspicion of attempted homicide…

So, we must not jump to any conclusions.  Just like the authorities:

Police say the motive for the attack remains ‘vague’ but local media reports state the attacker had made references to the females being ‘too lightly dressed’.

Eye-witnesses said the mum and her daughters had been having breakfast when they were attacked.

Local prosecutor Raphael Balland told the AFP news agency: “The motive of the attack is very blurred.”

So, here we are then.  To summarise:

A random man, who we will not name because his name is irrelevant, just like yours would be, may in fact be a trainee surgeon at a local hospital and he was admiring the sharpness of a knife he happened to have out at the time when this careless family with children careered into him at speed.  He was so shocked at what happened next, he was heard to tell the mother that the girls would not have been injured had they worn heavier clothing, after which he panicked and left.

A lone-wolf cutlery fan exercising his skills with a blade.  We should show more understanding, and create awareness that women having exposed body areas is just asking for trouble.


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