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Woman and girls stabbed 'for wearing shorts and T-shirts' at Alps resort

The Guardian logo The Guardian 2016-07-20 Kim Willsher in Paris and agencies
Mountains of the Hautes-Alpes. © Alamy Mountains of the Hautes-Alpes.

French authorities have detained a suspect after a woman and her three daughters were stabbed at an Alps resort by a man who was apparently upset at what they were wearing.

The woman, 46, and her girls, aged eight, 12 and 14, were staying at a holiday village near the town of Laragne-Montéglin, in the Hautes-Alpes region. The suspect, 37, from the Paris region, was staying with his wife and children at the same resort.

Jean-Marc Duprat, a deputy mayor for the nearby town, said the attacker was upset with his victims because they were wearing shorts and T-shirts.

Raphaël Balland, a public prosecutor, said the motive for the attack was “very hazy”. A police source told the Nouvel Obs: “No words of a religious connotation were uttered.”

Local newspapers reported that the youngest girl was helicoptered to hospital in Grenoble as an emergency case but her condition was later said not to be life threatening.

The attacker was apparently known to police for a domestic issue dating back 17 years, but was not on any security list and was not known to intelligence services.

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