French bus driver attacked in 'altercation over masks' dies

A 59-year-old bus driver in the south-west French town of Bayonne who was beaten and left brain dead by a group of men passengers on Sunday allegedly in a row over their refusal to wear face masks as required by law, died on Friday in hospital.

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A French bus driver declared brain dead after an attack by passengers who refused to wear face masks has died, according to his family, reports The Guardian.

Philippe Monguillot, 59, died in hospital on Friday, his daughter Marie told AFP. “We decided to let him go. The doctors were in favour and we were as well,” she said.

Monguillot was attacked in the south-western town of Bayonne on Sunday after he asked three passengers to wear masks – in line with coronavirus rules across France – and tried to check another man’s ticket.

Two men have been charged with attempted murder, two others with non-assistance to a person in danger and another with attempting to hide a suspect, the local prosecutor’s office said.

The two charged with attempted murder are aged 22 and 23. They were previously known to the police.

The Bayonne prosecutor Jérôme Bourrier, who confirmed the driver had died, told AFP that he would ask for the charges to be changed to take into account his death.

Read more of this AFP report published by The Guardian.

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