- French police have launched an investigation after two women were stabbed near the Eiffel Tower in an apparent racist incident.
- The victims were injured with a knife on Sunday, after an altercation involving “an unleashed dog”.
- No information about the incident was initially released by authorities, which led to criticism from online users.
French police have launched an investigation after two women were stabbed near the Eiffel Tower in an apparent racist incident.
The victims were injured with a knife near the famous Paris monument on Sunday, after an altercation involving “an unleashed dog”.
Police confirmed in a statement that they had intervened “following a police call for help for two women with stab wounds at the Champ-de-Mars” at approximately 8pm (18:00 GMT).
Two other women were in police custody on Tuesday, according to the Paris public prosecutor’s office, and an investigation for attempted intentional homicide has been opened.
Paris firefighters confirmed on Tuesday to AFP that they intervened about 20:50 in Paris on Sunday to rescue two women.
No information about the incident was initially released by authorities, which led to criticism from online users.
People on social media have identified the two victims as Muslim women who were wearing the hijab. Al Jazeera is attempting to verify the information.
“Two women were stabbed on Sunday 18/10 near the Eiffel Tower after an argument. A relative told AJ + that they were insulted by “dirty Arab”, “take off your veil”, “Here we are at home”…— Shaheen Hashmat (@TartanTantrum) October 22, 2020
The police were able to arrest one of the suspects. The other is still on the run.” https://t.co/74OeQmnTb0
The incident follows rising tensions in France over the beheading of history teacher Samuel Paty in the Paris suburbs last Friday.
Members of the country’s Muslim community have complained of increased Islamophobia caused by a government clampdown on mosques and Muslim organisations.
More than 50 Muslim organisations are being scrutinised.
The “Cheikh Yassine Collective” has already been banned in the wake of the killing; its founder had published a video on YouTube insulting Paty.