A 25-year-old Irish woman has been released from a French hospital following a savage attack by three men wielding a motorcycle chain lock. The woman was attacked in in the southern French town of Avignon.
Walking to her accommodation near the center of the town at around 6.30am on Saturday morning, the woman was pushed and hit with a chain in an apparently random attack by three men.
According to a local French newspaper, the woman sustained injuries to her mouth, nose and cheeks and was immediately brought to the hospital. RTÉ News reports that she has now been released.
"She is in a state of shock," a police source told Le Dauphiné Libéré newspaper.
The 25-year-old is not believed to have known her attackers, who abandoned the chain when they fled the scene of the incident on Rue des Infirmières, where the young woman was staying.
The police are currently investigating the identity of the attackers.
The southern French city of Avignon is a popular tourist and holiday destination that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
Another young Irish women has also been left seriously injured following an accident in China, where she was working as an English teacher.
Lydia Daly, 26, from Celbridge in Co. Kildare, is thought to have been injured in a serious fall on Saturday. She is currently in an induced coma but is believed to be in a stable condition.
Daly left for China on February 9 and has had been teaching in Guangdong for the past six months.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help her family.
“As some of you may already know, in the early hours of July 30 our friend Lydia suffered a serious accident that has left her hospitalized in Guangdong, China. We are thankful that she is currently stable and recovering, but are of course desperately worried for her,” the page reads.
“This fund donates its proceedings to Lydia and her family. Separated by such a vast distance, we cannot help but feel helpless when the unimaginable happens to someone we dearly value and love.”
H/T: Irish Independent