Two veiled French women of Algerian origin were stabbed near the Eiffel Tower in the French capital Paris against the backdrop of an ongoing official and unofficial wave of heinous hostility towards Islam after the killing of a history professor.
The French newspaper “Le Monde” revealed that the two women were attacked with knives around eight o’clock last Sunday, and that two suspects were currently in detention in the seventh Parisian police district.
According to the investigation report, two women of Algerian descent were “assaulted that may carry an anti-Islam nature in the presence of their children,” by two women, while they were walking in the Champ de Mars park near the Eiffel Tower.
Social media users circulated a video that they said that one of the victims had filmed it, through which a frightened woman screaming, saying, “Call the fire department, I was stabbed,” and asked to remove children from the scene of the incident, as well as the sound of the dog’s barking.
Kenza, one of the victims, told the “Liberation” newspaper that she went out with her cousin, Amal, to take a walk in the Champ de Mars, on Sunday evening, before a quarrel broke out with two women over their dog, which scared the children as they refused to tie the animal.
The victim confirmed to the newspaper, “The motive in the beginning was not religious from her point of view, but she confirmed racist statements were directed at her by the two women:“ Dirty Arab, go home ”, before she and her cousin were stabbed more than once. Amal confirmed Kenza’s statements, but added in a statement to “Le Monde”, that one of the two attacking women had torn off her hijab dress.
The firefighters took the two hapless victims to the nearby hospital, where Amal suffered numerous stabs and underwent surgery on her hand, while Kenza was stabbed 6 times and suffered a puncture in the lung.
This blameworthy incident comes at a time when France is witnessing a state of great polarization in the aftermath of the killing of a history professor, as the voices of the right and the extreme right have risen vehemently, calling for the expulsion of immigrants and stringent restrictions on Muslims in France.