Six people, including four children aged 22 to 36 months, were injured Thursday morning in a park on the shores of Lake Annecy (Haute-Savoie) by a man of Syrian nationality armed with a knife.
This Friday morning, government spokesman Olivier Véran said that there were only "two children still considered in absolute emergency, vital emergency", without specifying who it was. They "would be in a strong emergency situation with surgeries performed," he explained on France Info.
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The four injured children - two French cousins, an Englishman and a Dutchman - are aged 22 months, two years old and 2 years old. On Thursday evening, they were all in absolute emergency, three of them were transported to the hospital in Grenoble, another was transferred to Geneva, Switzerland.
Two septuagenarians injured
At last news Thursday night, a 72-year-old man was also in absolute emergency. He was stabbed and then wounded by a police firearm. On the other hand, a 78-year-old man was lightly stabbed.
In a statement Thursday evening, the prefecture also reported 37 people present at the time of the attack, who were "taken care of by the Samu and the firefighters of the Sdis". Among them, "26 students from a class of the Gabriel Fauré school in Annecy, and also a teacher".
This attack "is beyond comprehension," Olivier Véran said Friday morning. "There is a limit that is crossed, a barrier that is crossed when you attack children in this way."
The suspect is currently in police custody, a psychiatric evaluation must take place. According to the Annecy prosecutor, "no apparent terrorist motive" has so far been identified.