Six Stabbed in Northern Paris as Acts of Violence Escalate Across France

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Six people were stabbed in a single attack in northern Paris this week as reports claim that the number of random attacks across the country number as many as 777 per day.

The stabbing attack took place in the heavily-migrant populated 18th arrondissement of the French capital and saw a drunken man attack people around him at random, causing panic, Le Parisien reports.

The attacks started at around 11:20 pm on Tuesday. Police arrested the drunken man hours later at 1:15 am thanks to CCTV cameras in the area. The man was found hidden in the doorway of a building with his clothes soaked in blood.

Of the six people stabbed, five of the victims were rushed to a nearby local hospital while the sixth victim was able to escape injury due to the thick clothing he was wearing.

The neighbourhood where the stabbings occurred became infamous for migrant violence in  2016 when the nearby Stalingrad metro station, the former site of a large makeshift migrant camp, erupted into riots described as being like a “war zone”.

Women who live in the area have also complained of constant harassment by migrant men with some saying that refuse to walk alone in the area at night.

Random acts of violence, known in France as violences gratuites, are on the rise nationwide with some estimating there to be 777 violent acts not motivated by other factors, like robbery, per day.

Christophe Soullez, the director of the National Observatory of Delinquency and Criminal Responses (ONDRP), claimed that young people in France are now “less tolerant of remarks and show some impatience. They accept less authority. They are more impulsive, and they act out quicker.”

Those kinds of attitudes were present over the New Year’s celebrations in the “Sensitive Urban Area” of Champigny-sur-Marne when a policewoman was brutally attacked by a gang of young men. The incident, which was filmed, saw the youth’s knock the officer to the ground and kick her in the head.

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