Rabat - Morocco’s Ambassador to France, Chakib Benmoussa, and his wife were victims of an attack in Paris on Wednesday.
Rabat – Morocco’s Ambassador to France, Chakib Benmoussa, and his wife were victims of an attack in Paris on Wednesday.
The Moroccan diplomat and his wife were onboard a vehicle near the Moroccan Embassy in Paris when the incident occurred.
Ambassador Benmoussa gave a statement explaining the details of the assault to Moroccan daily Assabah.
As he had stopped the vehicle momentarily, “two hooded individuals broke the window on the passenger side, near a street sign on Benjamin Franklin avenue,” in the 16th district of the French capital, he told the daily.
Benmoussa’s wife suffered minor injuries to her face caused by glass fragments when the attackers broke the window and stole her purse.
According to the same source, the Moroccan ambassador filed a formal complaint with the French authorities, yet the identity of the thieves remains unknown.
The 16th district in Paris, also known as “Arrondissement de Passy” is one of the 20 ‘arrondisements’ (administrative districts) of the capital city of France.
It includes a large amount of tourist attractions between the Place du Trocadéro and the Place d’Iéna. People all around the world visit “le 16e” as is called by the French.
It is one of the safest and wealthiest locations in Paris due to its 19th century buildings, large avenues, prestigious schools, museums and various parks.
Comparable to New York’s Upper East Side neighborhood, one would feel safe walking or driving in “le 16e”. Unfortunately, that was not the case for Ambassador Benmoussa.
This assault adds to the wave of robberies that have shaken Paris in the last few days.