French prosecutors have charged two men with attempted murder after a bus driver was assaulted and left brain dead for refusing to let a group of people who were not wearing face masks board the bus.
Four men set upon 59-year-old Philippe Monguillot in the south-western town of Bayonne on Sunday after he asked three of them to wear masks and tried to check another man’s ticket.
The other two men have been charged with non-assistance to a person in danger and one has also been charged with attempting to hide a suspect, the local prosecutor’s office said.
The four men attempted to flee after the assault and hid in one of the men’s apartment, it added. The two men charged with attempted murder are aged 22 to 23 and have police records.
Assistant prosecutor Marc Mariee on Tuesday denounced it as an “extremely violent” attack after requesting that charges be filed.
“There were insults and then shoving. The bus driver was pushed out of the bus. Two individuals then violently kicked and punched the upper part of his body, including his head,” he told a press conference.