A bus driver in south-western France died brain-damaged after being assaulted by passengers who refused to wear masks.
The Bayonne driver had refused to allow several people – who had neither a ticket nor a mask – to board the bus Sunday evening, a police source told AFP news agency.
The man, in his 50s, was severely injured in the head after being struck.
Five people were arrested.
Face masks are compulsory in public transport in France.
Union sources said on local France Bleu radio that the driver tried to stop the group from bringing a dog on the bus. The mayor of Bayonne condemned the “barbaric act,” the station added.
Regional bus services were severely disrupted as drivers refused to work following the incident.