French bus driver Philippe Monguillot dies after attack on mask rules

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Philippe Monguillot, 59, died cerebral after the attack perpetrated in the city of Bayonne, in the south-west of the country, on July 5. His family decided to withdraw their vital support on Friday, reported the Agence France-Presse news agency.

“We decided to let him go. The doctors were favorable and so were we, ”the victim’s daughter, Marie Monguillot, 18, told AFP.

Four men were arrested and charged after the assault.

The attack took place on Sunday around 7:15 p.m. on bus 810 which was going to Biarritz after the bus driver checked the ticket of one of the men and asked all four to wear masks, which are compulsory in the French public transport, according to the public. the prosecutor’s office.

On Wednesday, Monguillot’s family organized a march in their honor, with all the participants dressed in white.

Prime Minister Castex confirmed the death of Monguillot on Twitter on Friday evening, writing that the affair had “touched our hearts”.

“The Republic recognizes him as an exemplary citizen and will not forget him. The law will punish the perpetrators of this heinous crime, “he wrote, calling the attack” cowardly. ”

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin also expressed condolences to friends, family and colleagues at Monguillot.

“This heinous and cowardly act must not go unpunished. I will go tomorrow to Bayonne to make a security point in the city with the representatives of the State and to meet the drivers of public transport and the trade unions ”, he wrote on Twitter.

The company that Monguillot worked for, Keoilis, has strengthened employee safety, deploying guards on some of its bus services in the region.

On Wednesday, the company held a minute of silence in its offices and on its mourning transportation networks for Monguillot.

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