Véronique Monguillot said that she had declared to the minister, Gerald Darmanin, that she and their three daughters had been “destroyed” by the attack on her husband at a bus stop in Bayonne, in the southwest of France.
“We have to punch the table so that it doesn’t happen again,” she said. “It’s barbaric, not normal. We must stop this massacre. ”
The Bayonne prosecutor said that Monguillot was attacked after asking four passengers on his bus No. 810 to wear masks, which are compulsory on French public transport due to the coronavirus pandemic. The driver was verbally abused, pushed out of the bus, and severely beaten and beaten on the head, said the prosecutor.
Four people are in detention.
“This bus driver was just doing his job,” said Darmanin. “He left his home in the morning and did not return, leaving a widow and three orphans. It is an absolutely odious act. ”
France has struggled hard to tame its coronavirus epidemic, which has caused more than 208,000 confirmed infections and more than 30,000 virus-related deaths, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University. Experts say the true toll is higher, due to limitations in testing and missed mild cases.