French bus driver lost mind after alleged attack by men not wearing face masks


BAYONNE, FRANCE – French prosecutors on Wednesday charged two men with attempted murder after a bus driver was attacked and brain dead in southwest France for refusing to let a group of people on board who wore no face masks. On Sunday evening, four men attacked Philippe Monguillot, 59, in Bayonne after he asked three of them to wear masks and tried to check another man’s ticket.

The other two men were charged with failing to assist a person in danger and one of them was also charged with trying to hide a suspect, local prosecutors said.

The four fled after the brutal assault and hid in one of the men’s apartments, he added. Aged 22 to 23 and with a criminal record, all were placed in police custody.

Deputy prosecutor Marc Mariee denounced an “extremely violent” attack Tuesday after requesting the laying of charges.

“There were insults and then scuffles. The driver was pushed out of the bus. Two people then violently kicked and punched his upper body, including his head, “he said at a press conference.

The attack on the father of three sparked outrage from his colleagues in Bayonne, many of whom refused to work until his funeral.

His was unconscious when the emergency services arrived.

“It’s not my father who breathes, it’s the respirator. We know it’s over, ”said her 18-year-old daughter Marie to the newspaper Sud Ouest.

Face masks are still mandatory in public transport in France to slow down the COVID-19 epidemic, which left nearly 30,000 people dead.

The driver’s family organized a silent march in their honor for Wednesday evening, departing from the bus stop where the attack took place.

The unions asked the transportation networks across the country to stop at 7:30 p.m. and observe a minute of silence.


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