Annecy Film Festival Chief Address Knife Attack Injuries Ahead of Festival Start

Chief of Annecy Film Festival Responds to Knife Attack

The chief of the Annecy Film Festival, Mickael Marin, has addressed the tragic knife attack that injured five people, including four children, on Thursday morning (June 8) at the playground of a busy lakeside park, just days before the start of the international animation film festival.

Response from the Chief

“We are all shocked here. So far, the only thing that I can say is that we hope that the kids and other people injured will be fine. Of course, we will do something (to express our solidarity). For the time being, the only thing we can do is send our thoughts to the people who were attacked,” Marin told AsumeTech.

Details of Attack

Two children and one adult are severely injured, according to France Info. The suspect, arrested by police shortly after the attack, is a Syrian refugee who applied for asylum in France and eventually got it from Sweden in April, according to local reports. France’s anti-terrorist prosecutors’ office hasn’t yet been seized.

Political Reaction

France’s political leaders immediately reacted to the attack on social media, including the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, and the interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, who are due to travel to Annecy today.

Annecy Film Festival

While the peaceful city of Annecy is in a state of shock, it’s expected to host more than 14,000 guests, a record, for its animation film festival, which kicks off on Sunday.

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