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Liverpool Echo
Ellen Kirwin

British girl among four children stabbed in France playground attack

A knifeman has stabbed children and at least one adult in France.

According to the Mirror, a British girl, 3, is among the victims. The full extent of injuries caused by the knifeman are not yet known but French authorities have described some as "life-threatening."

French President Emmanuel Macron said that the "children and an adult are between life and death". The attack, which happened at around 9.45am local time in a park near a lake in the town of Annecy, has left "the nation in shock."

President Macron has described the attack as one of "absolute cowardice". According to French police, the alleged attacker, in his 30s, has been detained. Police have also confirmed that four child victims are all under five.

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A witness told BFMTV at least one of the children was attacked in a pushchair by the man, who approached and "started stabbing".

National police said two of the children, both aged about three, suffered life-threatening injuries. One adult also suffered life-threatening wounds.

A witness told BFMTV he saw the knifeman attack an elderly man, jumping on him and stabbing him repeatedly. He said he shouted at police to act, he added: "I screamed, screamed at them to intervene."

An ice cream seller who works in the waterside park said he had seen the attacker there several days before, looking out at the lake ringed by mountains. Local police said a second adult has also been hurt and was being treated with the others in hospital.

They gave no other details about the victim and the discrepancy in the number of adult victims was not immediately explained.
Local politician Antoine Armand said the children were attacked on a playground in the park.

Speaking to BFMTV from the National Assembly building in Paris, he said the victims included "very young" children who were "savagely attacked."

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