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French bus driver beaten, kicked to death after asking passengers to wear face masks

French bus driver beaten, kicked to death after asking passengers to wear face masks
Posted at 10:07 AM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 10:08:31-04

BAYONNE, France – A French bus driver was savagely beaten to death after he asked passengers to wear face masks aboard his vehicle.

Four people are in custody for the assault of Philippe Monguillot on July 5 at a bus stop in Bayonne, in southwest France.

The Bayonne prosecutor says Monguillot was assaulted after he asked four passengers on his bus to wear face masks, which are required aboard French public transportation because of the coronavirus. He was insulted, pushed off the bus and violently beaten and kicked in the head, the prosecutor said.

President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday dispatched the interior minister to meet the driver’s widow after his death was announced Friday. He had been hospitalized in critical condition.

Veronique Monguillot told minister Gerald Darmanin that she and her three daughters were “destroyed” by the death and the family wants “exemplary punishment.”