On Saturday, public prosecutor Laurent de Caigny released a statement to the French press providing new details on the village-ball knife attack in Crépol in the south of France which left 16-year-old Thomas Perrotto dead and many other partygoers wounded. According to initial reports, two of the wounded were taken from the ball in critical condition. But, according to the prosecutor’s statement, three other victims were in fact left in critical condition and were in imminent danger of dying.
Whereas Thomas was stabbed in the heart, the three other victims appear to have been stabbed or slashed in the upper chest or neck area. Nine persons have been arrested in connection with the stabbings and, according to the prosecutor’s statement, as cited by the local newspaper the Dauphiné libéré, they risk being charged with the “murder… of the minor [Thomas] who died from a stab wound to the heart and attempted murder… of three victims who received stab wounds to the thorax”.
The “thorax” appears to be a euphemism which has been adopted by French authorities in order not to say neck. The Crépol attack is not an isolated incident, but in fact part of a long series of unprovoked knife attacks in France, which virtually always involve wounds to the “thorax”.
Thus, Dominique Bernard, the high school teacher who was killed in a knife attack in Arras in Northern France in October, was reportedly wounded in “the throat and the thorax”. Images filmed outside his school show him bleeding from the neck area. (See the below still.)
Two of Bernard’s colleagues, the gym teacher David Verhaeghe and the maintenance person Jacques Davoli, were also wounded in the throat or “thorax” in the Arras attack, but miraculously survived.
Just this past Sunday, an elderly couple was stabbed in a knife attack in a shopping centre in Amboise in the Loire Valley. Both victims were reportedly “wounded in the thorax”. The husband was left in critical condition.
Forensic details already showed that the killer of Samuel Paty, the history teacher who was killed in a knife attack at a school outside of Paris in 2020, likewise went for the neck. Thus, as recounted in Stéphane Simon’s Les derniers jours de Samuel Paty (The Last Days of Samuel Paty), the victim’s clothes were “full of holes at the level of the thorax and the shoulders”. Paty became a target for Islamic radicals after it became known that he had shown his students caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in a civics class on freedom of expression. His assassin, Abdoullakh Anzorov, would go on to decapitate his lifeless body.
As reported in the daily Le Parisien, according to the public prosecutor, no fewer than nine victims or witnesses of the Crépol attack say they heard the assailants making “hostile remarks” about “whites”. As previously reported on the Daily Sceptic, according to partygoers interviewed by the Dauphiné libére, the assailants said that they were there to stab or kill “white people”.
In addition to the quotes in the traditional French media, a video clip circulating on social media appears to show one of the assailants calling a partygoer a “fucking gwer” (putain de gwer), before lunging in his direction. Gwer is a slur used by people of North African Arab descent for native French people. Other sources claim that the assailants said they were going to kill “céfran”. (See the interview with a local man here.) Cé-fran is an inversion of fran-çais and is another slang expression for native French.
The public prosecutor insists, however, that there is not sufficient basis for establishing a racist motive for the attack.
Stop Press: French Government spokesman Olivier Véran has said the murder, which he admitted was the result of more than a “simple fight at a village dance”, could prove a “tipping point for French society” and warned civilians not to take the law into their own hands.