French couple beaten up by ‘Algerians’ for shouting ‘Vive la France’ after World Cup final
Sunday night, after France’s World Cup win at the Final, a young couple was savagely assaulted in Poitier’s Saint-Eloi district for responding “no, Vive la France !” to a man who just shouted “Vive l’Algérie !” (“Go Algeria”).
Poitiers was not an exception to the wave of violence following France’s win at the World Cup. Around midnight, a 19-year-old man and his girlfriend were walking in Poitiers’s Saint-Eloi district when they heard a driver of a car shout “Vive l’Algérie !”.
The couple answered with “No, Vive la France !” which upon hearing, the driver got out of his car and launched a jab at the young girl who quickly fell to the ground.
Other men came and joined in the beating. Fortunately, the couple is suffering only minor injuries but the young 19-year-old man was mandated a week’s rest by the doctors.
The police are still searching for the perpetrators. The incident came just a few hours after the assault of a young 22-year-old woman in front of Poitier’s train station. Three young men stopped and vandalised her car, before trying to steal her phone when she took photos of the damage.
France was plagued by riots after its World Cup win. Nearly 300 people were arrested with nearly 45 police officers injured. Numerous shops were looted and cars were torched by mostly migrant men.