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A man stabbed to death an elderly man who had grown upset about the smell of his dog, French police officials said Tuesday, describing a horrific scene of attackers attacking four victims in three separate incidents in the same bar before ending the fourth person’s life on the street.
The assailant, who was wielding an unusually large kitchen knife, continued the attacks around a square in Belleville, a picturesque Paris suburb about 35 minutes’ drive from the capital.
Rescue workers helped pull the most seriously injured victim from the crowd, who died shortly after he was taken to a hospital, police officials said. Two of the attackers remained at large, and a fifth person was arrested.
Other people suffered stab wounds and a broken jaw, while one victim was found behind the bars of a prison waiting for punishment for crimes committed in a bar that night, an official said.
The dead man, who had been identified only as an 86-year-old man who had retired to this neighborhood about a year ago, had grown enraged at the dog’s constant scratching around the outlet of his restaurant, where he worked as a waiter.
“He was a decent guy,” the official said. “But there was something wrong with his attitude.”
The attacks occurred at about 1 a.m. around the square, outside the Chapelle bar, which hosted hip-hop acts, a popular musical venue in the city. The sidewalk was full of young people and house music, with a skateboarder landing a somersault-across-the-ground landing moments before the first of the attacks.
The bloody street scenes occurred days after President Emmanuel Macron announced wide-ranging reforms to the French labor market, including a move to bar French workers from submitting written protest applications for two years.