Video footage has emerged of a man in a loose-fitting Muslim robe attacking a customer at knife-point outside a Paris supermarket.
The video shows a dark-skinned man armed with a very long knife
vehemently launching himself on a shopper who was exiting the
supermarket, a pack of beer in his hand. The weapon was allegedly
concealed under the man’s djellaba, a long loose-fitting robe worn by
men in the Maghreb region of North Africa, the paper said.
The victim had the reflex to protect himself with his forearm, while
one of his friends took the assailant by the throat, forcing him to
According to a source close to the investigation cited in Le Point,
the attacker was born in December 1996 in Paris. Quickly identified,
the suspect was not arrested at his home but at a friend’s house north
of the capital on Wednesday morning.
The two men were placed in custody and their apartments searched.
Neither of them were “fiche S” (a French server used by law
enforcement to flag an individual considered a threat to national
security) or known for any radicalization. At this stage, the
anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office has not taken up the case.
An investigation will determine the motive, and whether or not the attacker knew the victim.