Europe 1 with AFP 6:28 p.m., January 17, 2022

A 23-year-old Frenchman was charged with "attempted murder" and imprisoned this weekend in Belgium, for having pushed a woman on the tracks of the metro in Brussels, announced the parquet floor of the Belgian capital.

The woman was briefly hospitalized on Friday evening.

She was slightly injured in the attack.

A 23-year-old Frenchman was charged with "attempted murder" and imprisoned this weekend in Belgium, for having pushed a woman on the tracks of the metro in Brussels, announced the parquet floor of the Belgian capital.

A video of the attack which occurred on Friday evening was widely circulated on social networks, arousing great emotion in the country.

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On these CCTV images we see a young man wearing a black T-shirt and bag strolling on the subway platform before violently pushing a woman on the rails.

The assault occurs just seconds before the arrival of a train, which manages to stop in extremis.

A slightly injured victim

The victim, slightly injured, and the metro driver, shocked, were both briefly hospitalized on Friday evening.

The author, arrested the same evening in another metro station, was presented on Saturday to an investigating judge who charged him with "attempted murder", then placed in detention, according to the prosecution.

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Identified by Belgian media as "Benjamin P.", a 23-year-old Frenchman from the Nancy region (East), the suspect must undergo a psychiatric examination in the coming days, said the prosecution.

According to a source close to the investigation joined Monday by AFP, he is known to the police services in France for "acts of theft and relating to narcotics", and has no known domicile in Belgium.

He would have no connection with the victim.

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