The president of France visited families affected by the brutal stabbings of four very young children on Friday.
All of the children are claimed to be doing well following emergency surgery, and the investigation into the reasons for the arrest of a Syrian man is ongoing.
In a still-unsolved attack on Thursday in and around a play park in the Alpine city of Annecy, President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte made a joint trip to a hospital where three of the four children who sustained life-threatening knife wounds were being treated.
All four of the children, who range in age from 22 months to three years, had surgery, according to Macron’s prime minister, Elisabeth Borne, who added that they “are under constant medical surveillance.”
They are in a stable condition, she added.
Two of the youngsters are still in serious condition, according to government spokesperson Olivier Veran, a medical doctor by profession.
Following the attack, the majority of the kids were taken by ambulance to a hospital in Grenoble, a city in the French Alps, where Macron and his wife made their first visit on Friday morning.
As they walked inside, they avoided speaking to the media.
In Geneva, Switzerland’s neighbor, the fourth wounded youngster was receiving medical attention.
The other two were tourists—a British and a Dutch one—and two of the four kids are French.
Authorities said that two other people also had life-threatening knife wounds.
As the police were holding the alleged assailant in custody, one of the adults was shot and cut by a knife.
The suspect, a Syrian refugee and 31-year-old male, is still being held.
He is being evaluated by psychiatrists, Veran added.
The attack’s ferocity and the helplessness of the young victims horrified France and garnered criticism from throughout the world.
The suspect, according to French investigators, was recently denied asylum there since Sweden had already given him permanent residency and refugee status a decade earlier.
The man’s motivations are unknown, but according to lead prosecutor Line Bonnet-Mathis, they do not seem to be connected to terrorism.
She said that he was carrying a folding knife.