A mother and her two daughters, aged 8, 12,and 14, were stabbed while vacationing at a French resort for being “scantily dressed.” The women were wearing t-shirts and shorts at the time of the attack according to local police. The attacker, Mohamed Boufarkouch, is a Moroccan-born Muslim man with a history of violent crime. He is currently in police custody facing attempted murder charges.
The attack took place at approximately 10:30 am while the family was eating breakfast. All three victims were rushed to the nearby hospital with the two young girls in critical condition. They have since been stabilized. The youngest girl suffered the most severe injures when her lung was punctured by the 8-inch folding knife used in the attack. The attacker reportedly fled in a car before being apprehended by police.
Other vacationers have told reporters that the attacker was staying next door to the women at the French resort with his own family. Boufarkouch and the mother had interacted earlier in the trip when the mother of the two girls brought Boufarkouch medicine after he had fallen ill.
Prosecutors are claiming that no motive has been determined. They have denied early reports that the attack was “religiously motivated” but have not yet ruled them out as a cause for the attack. Raphael Balland, a local prosecutor, has explicitly denied claims that the attack was “motivated by the victims dress code.”
However, several local reports say that the attacker had made several references to other vacationers about the woman and her children were “too lightly dressed.” Jean-Marc Duprat, a deputy mayor for the nearby town, also confirmed allegations that the was upset by his victims “t-shirts and shorts.”
A member of the local regional council, Amaury Navarranne, also believes the attack was religiously motivated. He told reporters:
“The religious motive of the attack is in no doubt.”
Prosecutors claim that the details of the case are “very vague” and that the investigations will continue.