Here’s a report on a culturally enriched fracas in France. It’s worth noting that the first name of the alleged perpette (Fathia) is Arabic. I could find no non-Muslim instances of it during a quick internet search.
Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this article from Le Parisien:
Paris: A driver stabs two young girls after an altercation and tries to escape
The events occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Monday, rue du Colisée, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.
by Benoit Hasse and Tanguy de l’Espinay
December 16, 2019
A raging horn-honk followed by a dangerous manoeuvre to which insults and then blows followed in response… It is probably this sequence of “derisory” incidents that is at the origin of the bloody altercation that took place this Monday afternoon, in front of 10 rue du Colisée (8th arrondissement), a stone’s throw from the Champs-Élysées.
A driver, insulted by two young girls she had just accused of walking on the road, did not hesitate to get out of her vehicle with a knife in her hand… before stabbing the two pedestrians. The scene was played out in a matter of seconds in front of dozens of witnesses who were in the small shopping street.
One of the victims hit in the chest
According to one of them, the driver of the small van, who was accompanied by a passenger (“presumably her daughter”), driving very fast down the narrow one-way street, just missed hitting the two young girls crossing the road. Another witness reported that the pedestrians remained in the middle of the street and even tried to slap the passenger through the open window of the car.
In any case, the tension very quickly increased. The driver quickly exited the car with a knife. “A knife she had hidden in paper,” says a source close to the investigation. She stabbed one of the girls. Her friend, who came to defend her, was also stabbed.
The first was very seriously injured in the upper torso, and was treated at Bichat Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The other, although only slightly injured, was transferred to Lariboisière.
The opium-positive driver
The driver and her passenger (who would in turn leave the vehicle to kick the victims) then got back into the car and tried to escape. The car even accelerated when a worker from a nearby construction site tried to block their path a few metres away.
Finally blocked in traffic by a red light, the driver and her passenger were controlled by the many passers-by at the corner of rue de Ponthieu, just 50 metres from the scene of the altercation. “The car was immediately surrounded by about twenty people. Everyone was screaming,” said street vendors who immediately alerted the emergency services.
When they arrived very quickly on the scene, the police arrested the driver and her passenger, who were both taken, handcuffed, to the police station in the 8th arrondissement where they were held in police custody. According to our information, the car driver with the knife, Fathia R., 41, resides in Plaine Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis), and is “very unfavourably known” to the police services. By initial toxicological screening she tested positive for opium. The Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation into “attempted murder”.
“Incivilities are becoming more widespread.”
“When I arrived on the scene, I saw a young girl sitting on a stool who had obviously lost a lot of blood,” says Jeanne d’Hauteserre, mayor (LR) of the 8th arrondissement, who had just driven her car into the Rue du Colisée when the altercation occurred. “According to the initial finding, all this started as a stupid disagreement between road users,” she says.
“I don’t know if that’s all there is. But I note that there is a growing climate of violence and tension on the streets of the capital. Between pedestrians, scooters, motorcycles, cyclists and cars… incivilities on the public roads are becoming more widespread,” the elected official concluded.