Six people, including four children, were wounded this Thursday with a knife by an individual in a park near Annecy (Haute-Savoie). "The nation is in shock. Our thoughts are with them as well as their families and the mobilized relief, "responded in the morning Emmanuel Macron on Twitter, denouncing an "attack of absolute cowardice". Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne is expected on site during the day, announced Matignon. "The individual was arrested thanks to the very rapid intervention of the police," the Ministry of the Interior also communicated. According to information from Le Figaro, it would be an "asylum seeker" of Syrian nationality.
The debates gave way to excitement in the National Assembly, where the deputies immediately observed a minute of silence at the request of Yaël Braun-Pivet. As she prepared to raise a point of order as part of the examination of the bill to repeal the pension reform, the leader of the rebellious deputies, Mathilde Panot, wanted to share her "emotion". "To be at this moment in the hemicycle with a kind of battle of ragpickers on the admissibility or not of amendments seems to us to be totally out of step with the terror that overwhelms our country," responded the president of the Renaissance group, Aurore Bergé.
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The attack on young children has provoked incomprehension in the political class. "How is this possible? Attacking little ones! Hit them with a knife!" said the rebellious leader, Jean-Luc Mélenchon. "Words are powerless when children are attacked," commented ecologist Sandrine Rousseau, addressing her "solidarity" to the families of the children affected.
The profile of the assailant pointed out
Still on social networks, the president of the Republicans, Eric Ciotti, expressed his "immense emotion" and "his great anger". At the head of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region (AURA), where the city of Annecy is located, Laurent Wauquiez addressed all his "support" to the victims and their relatives: "This attack on children is the summit of the abomination."
The profile of the assailant was also quickly pointed out by the nationalist right, linking this drama to immigration. "Barbarism struck this morning in Annecy during an attack (...) perpetrated by what would be a migrant seeking Syrian asylum, "responded the president of the National Rally (RN), Jordan Bardella. "When we attack children, we attack innocence, and it is the whole France that we bruise," he warned. For her part, Marine Le Pen was content to address her "thoughts" to the victims and their relatives.
The boss of Reconquest, Eric Zemmour, denounced what is in his eyes like "Francocides", that is to say a murder because of French nationality. "Our children are in mortal danger and we are looking the other way. Until when?" he asked. In front of the minute of silence observed in the National Assembly, the vice-president of the party, Guillaume Peltier, urged the elected officials to be "courageous" and to act "finally against mass immigration and conquering Islamism".