Geoffrey Branger / Photo credit: Xose Bouzas / Hans Lucas / Hans Lucas via AFP 12:52pm, June 08, 2023

Several people were injured, including children after a stabbing attack on Thursday morning in Annecy. A tragedy that occurred at the Pâquier, an esplanade usually quiet and family. On the spot, the inhabitants are in shock.

An individual attacked several people with a knife this Thursday morning in Annecy. Several people were injured, including small children. Two of them, as well as an adult, are in absolute emergency. The attack took place at Le Pâquier, a vast promenade that borders Lake Annecy. On the spot, the shock and emotion are intense.

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"I'm shocked because it affects young children. I never thought it would take place here. I'm sorry, I can't speak," adds Sabrina, who runs a perfumery not far from Le Pâquier, sobs in her voice.

"Annecy will take a hell of a slap"

Cedric, a bike rental company near the scene of the tragedy, heard "screams", around 9:45 am. "There is often heckling on the Pâquier it is a place where there are a lot of people. But I was surprised by the duration of these cries, "he testifies to the microphone of Europe 1. "They were very loud female screams."

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He recalls the minutes after the attack: "The perimeter was sealed off pretty quickly. I heard one or more helicopters coming. And then a lot of sound of sirens, firefighters, policemen. Currently, there are barriers, military, "says Cédric. "I feel very bad about the children, the people, the people of Annecy."

"Le Pâquier is a place where you normally enjoy. It is also a crossing point via the Pont des Amours", explains the bike rental company. "My job is to make people love Annecy and I think that there, the city will take a big slap. With my colleagues, we are quite shocked," concludes Cédric.