A mother and her three daughters have reportedly been stabbed by a 37-year-old man while on holiday in France because they were “scantily dressed”. The family were assaulted while eating breakfast in the village of Garda-Colombe near Laragne-Monteglin in the Hautes Alpes near Montpellier in the south of France.
The mother, 46, and her daughters aged eight, 12 and 14 were targeted by a knifeman who was later arrested by police.
The local mayor, Edmond Francou, told Le Parisien that the attacker was staying next door to the family in the holiday center with his own two children. He reportedly fled after the attack, leaving behind his family and his wife who ‘was in tears’.
The mayor suggested the individual could be ‘psychologically sick’.
French media reported that the attacker was a Muslim called Mohammed B, although it has not been confirmed.
However, police said the man, 37, was of Moroccan origin. He was arrested by two police reservists after trying to escape in a car.
‘The two families shared a terraced house with two apartments,’ a police prosecutor said.
A small folding knife with a blade measuring from 8 to 10 centimeters was found at the scene.