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Monday, July 13, 2020

July 13, 2020
Thousands march for French bus driver who died after attack by passengers over face masks - image: thegurdian

Philippe Monguillot, 59, died in hospital on Friday after doctors previously declared him brain dead
A French bus driver declared brain dead after an attack by passengers who refused to wear face masks has died, according to his family.

Philippe Monguillot, 59, died in hospital on Friday, his daughter Marie told Agence France-Presse. “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 Jerome 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.

The driver’s family had organised a silent march in his honour on Wednesday, departing from the bus stop where the assault took place.

His colleagues used their right to refuse to work in the aftermath of the attack but will resume work on Monday under reinforced security, the local operator said.

This will include a security agent aboard the so-called Trambus, long buses which ply through Bayonne and its surrounding area in the usually peaceful Basque country.

Gerald Darmanin, the interior minister, is due to travel to Bayonne on Saturday to discuss the security situation and meet the drivers.


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