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Student sprayed with ammonia in the street

MidiLibre/Scoop, Oct 1

A student was assaulted on Friday evening on Boulevard Pasteur in Montpellier.

The student was celebrating her friend’s thesis, and was leaving a party with her boyfriend, when she was attacked by a woman in the street.

It was around 11:30 pm and a woman who they did not know came up to them screaming.

The student turned to the woman, and received a jet of liquid in her the face from a bottle of ammonia. “I could not see anything, my eyes burned, I could not breathe any more,” says the student from Montpellier. “I felt the skin of my lips starting to peel off, I immediately thought she was throwing acid at me, and when I said that, the woman said,” No, it’s ammonia! It was really weird."

The student’s boyfriend, who was also sprayed, managed to remove the bottle from the aggressor's hands. Police officers who were patrolling the neighbourhood quickly intervened. After the attack, another man approached the couple: he too had just been a target.

A restaurateur near the scene of the assault offered the victims his kitchen in order to wash off the ammonia. They then went to Saint-Jean clinic to receive emergency care before filing a complaint at the police station.

The student said “In the emergency room, they told me that I did not have a serious injury, but that I was very lucky not to lose my eyes.”

On Monday the aggressor was due in court to answer to the charges.

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