Sarkozy to meet with assault victim of train gang

5th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 5 (AFP) - French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy was Thursday to see one of several passengers who were terrorised by a gang of youths on a New Year's Day train on the French Riviera, the newspaper Le Monde reported.

PARIS, Jan 5 (AFP) - French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy was Thursday to see one of several passengers who were terrorised by a gang of youths on a New Year's Day train on the French Riviera, the newspaper Le Monde reported.

The passenger, a 20-year-old woman identified as Charlotte N., was sexually molested and robbed on the train by the youths, according to a police complaint she lodged and an interview she gave to the daily.

After being cornered by some of the group, she was robbed of her wallet and cheque-book, and then one of the men groped her breasts and buttocks while others insulted her, she said.

"They were aged between 15 and 20 and didn't look like they were drunk," she said.

Le Monde said the woman was one of three passengers on the Nice-to-Lyon regional train who had lodged police complaints. It added that one of three youths arrested after the incident was being held for the sexual assault.

The other two victims, a young Paris couple, reported being robbed, with the man also physically assaulted while he protected his girlfriend cowering in a locked staff compartment.

"She was very scared," the man, identified as Bruno L., said, who added that three policemen were waiting outside on the platform of a station where the train had stopped without intervening.

"The youths were making racist, anti-white insults and taunting them (the police) by asking them when the train was going to go," he said.

President Jacques Chirac on Wednesday vowed to bring all the other members of the gang to justice. Police said they believed the youths involved all came from the Marseille area.

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