A young woman went on a rampage with a box cutter earlier today in the town of La Seyne-sur-Mer on the Côte d’Azur in southern France. Two people were wounded before she was overpowered by customers in the supermarket where the attack took place. She reportedly yelled “Allahu Akhbar” while slashing at her victims.
The cookie-cutter news reports on the attack follow the template that has become the industry standard for the mainstream media:
- The perpetrator had a history of mental illness.
- She was “French”.
- She acted alone, and had no connection to ISIS or other terrorist groups.
- There is no mention of Islam or jihad, just that the suspect may or may not have been “radicalized”. The ideology to which she may have adhered in a radical form is not named or described.
Many thanks to Ava Lon for translating this TV news report, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Below are excerpts from an English-language report on the incident from AFP:
Woman yelling ‘Allahu akbar’ slashes two with blade in France
Marseille (AFP) — Two people were hurt in a town in southern France on Sunday when a woman shouting “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) attacked them in a supermarket with a boxcutter knife, prosecutors said.
A customer was struck in the chest during the late-morning assault in La Seyne-sur-Mer, outside the Mediterranean port of Toulon, but the wound is not life-threatening, prosecutor Bernard Marchal told AFP.
A woman working at a checkout counter was also cut over her eye. Both casualties were taken to hospital.
“It appears to be an isolated case by a person with known psychological problems,” Marchal said, “though that doesn’t exclude the possibility that she may have been radicalised.”
“Several witnesses have quoted her as saying it was Allah who told her to do it, that they were all miscreants and that she wanted the police to kill her,” the prosecutor said.
He added that “contrary to what was said at the start, she was not wearing a veil, but a black tunic over black trousers and black glasses.”
The 24-year-old assailant, who did not have a police record, was overpowered by a customer and two supermarket employees and taken into custody.
“I grabbed her wrists to get hold of the cutter,” said the customer, an electrician who gave only his first name, Sebastien.
“I asked her ‘Why did you do it.’ She did not answer.”
The woman “was in a panic, she was afraid, she did not understand what was happening to her, she had no strength left,” Sebastien said.
Police later searched her home to determine if she had any links to the Islamic State group, but Marchal said they found only an old Koran and an Algerian flag. A computer was seized from the studio where she lived a few kilometres (miles) from the shop.
|00:00||La Seyne-sur-Mer: a woman wounded two people with a box cutter at the checkout in a supermarket while screaming Allahu Akhbar (prosecutor)|
|00:01||This afternoon’s news: a woman was placed in detention this morning in La Seyne-sur-Mer,|
|00:05||which is in the Var, as the result of her attack with a box cutter in a grocery store, while screaming|
|00:08||La Seyne-sur-Mer box cutter attack|
|00:09||Allahu Akhbar! She attacked two people. We’ll be talking to you about it, Cecile Olivier,|
|00:12||One person wounded in the chest has been hospitalized; a cashier has been wounded less severely.|
|00:13||journalist, police-justice BFMTV; this woman is unknown to the intelligence services|
|00:17||Yes, this woman, who is French, as a matter of interest, who was born in 1994,|
|00:21||so, 23-24 years ago, was totally unknown to the intelligence services.|
|00:24||“There is a presumption that this was an assassination attempt and apology for a crime with terrorist connotation.” (prosecutor to AFP)|
|00:25||She wasn’t on record for any sort of radicalization [i.e. she had no S-file].|
|00:29||On the other hand, she has been known for acts in violation of the common law,|
|00:32||1: A woman wounds two people with a box cutter while shouting “Allahu Akhar!”2: No terrorist connotation at this stage|
|00:33||essentially for violence, according to the town hall|
|00:35||3: The woman wasn’t known to the police services 4: Outcome: one severely and one lightly wounded|
|00:37||of La Seyne-sur-Mer, which we were able to contact. Her act seems to be|
|00:41||“It’s apparently the isolated act of a person with real psychiatric troubles.” (prosecutor to AFP)
an act of someone who is mentally unstable, this information being confirmed by the prosecutor
|00:45||in Toulon, who declared to our colleagues from AFP [Agence France Presse] that this woman|
|00:49||Suffers from real psychiatric problems, which doesn’t exclude the possibility that|
“A woman wounded two people with a box cutter at the checkout in a supermarket while shouting ‘Allahu Akhbar’” (prosecutor)
|00:53||there could be a “radicalization context”, since|
|00:57||psychologically fragile people can sometimes be|
|01:01||One person wounded in the chest was hospitalized and a cashier was wounded less severely.|
|01:02||submerged in, sensitized and vulnerable to a certain milieu|
|01:06||or to certain propaganda. Incidentally, ISIS, the terrorist organization,|
|01:09||“There is a presumption that this was an assassination attempt and apology for a crime with terrorist connotation.” (prosecutor to AFP)|
|01:10||often used people who were mentally unstable.