Widow of French Bus Driver Beaten Over Mask Request Calls for 'Exemplary Punishment'

Widow of French Bus Driver Beaten Over Mask Request Calls for 'Exemplary Punishment'

The widow of a French bus driver beaten to death after asking passengers to wear face coverings called Saturday for "exemplary punishment" for the perpetrators. Veronique Monguillot, widow of Philippe Monguillot, said she had told French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin that the family was "destroyed" by the July 5 attack on her husband. "We must bang a fist on the table, so this never happens again," Veronique Monguillot said. "It's barbaric, not normal. We must stop this massacre." Darmanin visited the family in the southwestern city of Bayonne on Saturday. He had announced his visit the day before, seeming to echo the widow's plea for justice. "This heinous and cowardly act must not go unpunished," Darmanin wrote on Twitter. "I'll be traveling to Bayonne tomorrow to make a point of safety in the city with state officials and meet with public transport drivers and unions." The attack against Philippe Monguillot occurred in Bayonne Sunday evening after the bus driver had reportedly asked three men to don face masks as he checked one of their tickets. Face coverings are mandatory in French public transportation due to the coronavirus pandemic. The three men and one other reportedly insulted Monguillot, pushing him off the bus and violently beating and kicking him in the head, according to the Bayonne public prosecutor's office. Assistant prosecutor Marc Mariee said during a press conference Tuesday that the attack was "extremely violent" and requested that charges be filed. Prosecutors have since charged two of the men with attempted murder ...
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