Man Stabs Woman, Her 3 Girls at French Alps Resort

The suspect was on vacation with his wife and children
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 19, 2016 5:35 PM CDT
Man Stabs Woman, Her 3 Girls at French Alps Resort

Authorities in southern France have detained a Moroccan man they said stabbed a woman and her three daughters Tuesday at an Alps resort, the AP reports. Jean-Marc Duprat, a deputy mayor for the town of Laragne-Monteglin in the Hautes-Alpes region, says the mother and her girls, aged 8, 12, and 14, were vacationing at a nearby resort when a man from a neighboring apartment attacked them Tuesday morning as they ate their breakfast. All four are expected to recover. Duprat initially said the man was upset that the girls were wearing shorts and T-shirts. He later said that did not appear to be the case and that the attacker's motive was not known.

Raphael Balland, prosecutor for the region, said the attacker, who was on vacation with his wife and children, was brandishing a 3-inch folding knife. The youngest girl, who was the most gravely wounded, was out of danger following surgery. Laragne-Monteglin is 110 miles northwest of Nice, where a Tunisian man killed 84 people on July 14 by driving a truck through a holiday crowd on Bastille Day. The July 14 carnage has deeply upset a country still reeling from the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people and a separate January 2015 Paris attack that targeted journalists at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and Jews at a kosher supermarket. (More French Alps stories.)

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