French police search for gang that violently attack teenager in Paris

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Nine youths arrested for brutal attack on teen boy in Paris
Yuriy's mum opened an Instagram account to report on his progress

THE French authorities are investigating a case of brutal violence against a 15-year-old Ukrainian boy in Paris.

The events took place on January 15, at 6.30pm, in the 15th district of Paris when the boy, named Yuriy, was with some friends. He was attacked by 10 people wearing hoods, who surrounded him and then kick and beat the victim with different objects. He sustained injuries to his body and head, unable to fight back, until after several seconds, the group runs away leaving him lying in the street. The attack was caught on security cameras in the area and the images have now been shared on social media, causing outrage throughout France and beyond.

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Passers-by found him unconscious and he was rushed to hospital in critical condition with brain trauma and broken bones. He was put in an induced coma. Before the coma, he told his mother that he didn’t know who had attacked him and that he didn’t want to die.

His mother has reported on her Instagram account that he has now started to wake up and move a little although he has not yet spoken. She is confident that he will recover.

The mayor of the area, Philippe Goujon and the French Interior Minister, Gerald Darmanin, have said that it was an incredibly savage attack and have sent their support to the family.


Yuriy was leaving school when the attack occurred and his mother began to worry when he didn’t answer the phone when he was late getting home.

Police believe that the gang may have attacked Yuriy after mistaking him for a member of a rival gang.

Yuriy’s mum Nataliya has launched an Instagram account to report on his progress.



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Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics.Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.

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