Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Simone Gbagbo on trial for war crimes

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Why do the media refer to female personalities by their first name (and not males)?

Read more

THE DEBATE

Disrupted economy: Jobless in the digital age (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Disrupted economy: Jobless in the digital age (part 2)

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

Widespread shortages in Venezuela and the growing industry for African video games

Read more

FOCUS

Unsettling surge in murders of Bangladesh’s activists and freethinkers

Read more

ENCORE!

Cuba Gooding Jr. plays O.J. Simpson in 'American Crime Story'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'What does the social unrest say about France?'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Railway workers to add to French strike misery

Read more

France

Gutsy classmates save French schoolgirl from kidnapping

Latest update : 2009-03-27

A French seven-year-old schoolgirl was rescued from a kidnapping attempt in her school playground in a Paris suburb on Thursday, after her classmates punched the unknown man, forcing him to flee.

AFP - A seven-year-old French schoolgirl was pulled from the clutches of a kidnapper by her classmates who kicked and punched the intruder until he fled, police said Thursday.
   
An unknown man accosted the child last Friday after slipping into the school playground in Plaisir west of Paris, offering the girl sweets to follow him.
   
When she refused he tried to drag her into his car, but an eight-year-old classmate ran up and started kicking and punching the assailant, and tried to trip him up, said local police inspector Heloise Gresy.
   
"There was lots of shouting, and a dozen other kids from the class came over and sent him fleeing," she said.
   
Police, who have issued a search warrant, described the man as white with grey hair, a small beard and a white hat, driving a dark convertible car.

Date created : 2009-03-27

COMMENT(S)