The man who had been seriously injured in early May during an attack with a Swiss knife in front of a school in Marseille died of his injuries, the Marseille prosecutor’s office said on Friday, confirming information from the weekly Le Point. The victim, a parent of a student, in his thirties, had been hit in the chest by the attacker when he came to pick up his two children. This military doctor by profession was in cardiorespiratory arrest and unconscious during his transport to the hospital, according to the firefighters, and his vital prognosis was engaged. Witnesses attending the attack had managed to control the assailant while waiting for the intervention of the police, who proceeded to his arrest, had reported a police source. La Provence and France 3 Marseille had revealed that the attack had taken place in front of the Sévigné private college, in the 13th arrondissement. Of French nationality, the attacker, known to the police for narcotics cases, according to Le Point, would have declared before the investigators to have acted “in the name of God”. He would also have mentioned “the devil”. But the terrorist hypothesis was quickly dismissed by the investigators, according to whom the man apparently suffers from psychological disorders. The assailant was indicted for “attempted voluntary homicide” and imprisoned. He is currently in pre-trial detention in a remand center and not interned in a psychiatric establishment, the weekly said.
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