Eight people, including children, were injured in a knife attack in Annecy in southeastern France on Thursday, local officials said.
CNN affiliate BFMTV reported that four children were seriously injured, two of them in an “absolute emergency”. A male suspect was detained in connection with the attack.
French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne will visit Annecy on Thursday with Interior Minister Gérald Dalmanin, according to the interior ministry.
French President Emmanuel Macron said the attack “shocked the public”.
“The sheer despicableness of this morning in a park in Annecy. Children and adults are between life and death. The public is in shock. Our thoughts are with them, their families and the emergency services.” ‘, President Macron tweeted.
Health Minister Francois Braun tweeted that his thoughts were with the victims of the knife attack. “All my thoughts go out immediately to those injured in Annecy by the knife-wielding man and their loved ones,” Brown tweeted.
“I salute the rapid mobilization of emergency services, especially the Emergency Medical Assistance Service (SAMU), to treat the victims.”
Members of the French National Assembly paid a moment of silence for those wounded in the attack.
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French parliamentarians observed a minute’s silence after the knife attack in Annecy.