Two knife attacks in Marseille as tensions rise in France

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Police officer in Marseille.

Two separate knife attacks have been carried out in the Southern French city of Marseille on Wednesday November 18 as tensions rise across the country following the terror attacks in Paris last Friday. 

In the first incident a young Muslim woman in a headscarf was called a “terrorist” by a man before he stabbed her with a box cutter. She is not reported to have been seriously injured.

A few hours later on Wednesday night a teacher at a Jewish school in the city was approached on the street by three people declaring support for the Isis. 


One of the three was wearing an Isis t shirt according to Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin, “The three people insulted, threatened and then stabbed their victim in the arm and leg. They were interrupted by the arrival of a car and fled.”

The teacher, who was near his home and wearing a kippa at the time, wasn´t seriously injured although he is said to have three knife wounds.

Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said “everything is being done to capture” the attackers in the two cases.


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