A bus driver who was dragged from his vehicle and attacked by passengers who refused to wear mandatory face masks has died in southwest France. Philippe Monguillot, 59, died in hospital last Friday. Having been left brain dead following the assault in the city of Bayonne on the 5th of July, Monguillot’s family decided to switch off his life support machine . . .
Five men have been arrested in relation to the killing, two – who are known to police – aged 22 and 23 for attempted murder, two for failing to help a person in danger, and a fifth for hiding a suspect.
The headline above the Vice story mentions anti-maskers protesting in the US, and the implication is that the attack was from similar anti-mask protestors in France.
Curiously there is no mention of the names of the men who were arrested in the attack in France. I did a search in French and found this statement on social media:
The 4 people who beat Philippe Monguillot are called: Mohamed C., Mohammed A., Moussa B. and Sélim Z. These are the names of the murderers of Bayonne bus driver.
Are authorities hiding the identities of the attackers since they are appear to be from Africa or the Middle East?
If the driver had been an immigrant who was attacked by a gang of young Frenchmen, would the response be the same?
Is the attack really racially motivated and the mask issue was not the primary factor?
Is the Vice story lying by omission?