The alleged victim, named only Augustin, 44, told French television he was folding his laundry in the laundromat on Sunday afternoon with his children aged five and seven when a man entered without a mask.
He said the man replied “I’ll do what I want” when asked to put one on. An argument would then have arisen. The client not wearing a mask left the premises in, north of the French capital.
He returned moments later with three friends, two of whom wielded baseball bats, the alleged victim said.
Surveillance video of the attack released Tuesday by Le Parisien newspaper showed two people with bats and two others attacking a masked man inside the laundromat before fleeing, leaving the customer wearing a mask lying down face down.
The man, who complained of “aggravated violence”, was taken to hospital with a head injury requiring stitches and suffered bruises and back injuries. The children were reportedly shocked but unharmed.Last month, a French bus driver died after being assaulted by passengers who refused to wear face masks. Philippe Monguillot, 59, was assaulted in the southwestern city of Bayonne after asking three passengers to wear masks – in accordance with coronavirus rules across France – and attempted to verify another’s ticket man.
Two men were charged with attempted murder, two others with failure to assist a person in danger and another with attempting to hide a suspect, the local prosecution said at the time.