The wife of a French bus driver who was left brain dead after a gang of passengers beat him up for insisting they wear face masks said she ‘will avenge my husband’ as she joined 6,000 protesters demanding justice.
Philippe Monguillot’s wife Veronique and the couple’s three daughters joined thousands of people in Bayonne in the south of France on Wednesday evening as they wore white and marched through the streets.
Mrs Monguillot said: ‘I will fight to the end, I have strength in me, I have almost no more tears. I’m angry and I’m going to go. I am not afraid, justice is with me. The justice will help me to avenge my husband.’
In other French cities, including Paris, Strasbourg and Bordeaux, bus drivers observed a minute’s silence at 7.30pm. Some of his colleagues are refusing to go back to work until after Mr Monguillot’s funeral.
The march came a day after two men, aged 22 and 23, were charged with attempted murder over the attack on Mr Monguillot.