A social media influencer has claimed she was punched in the face and knocked out by a neighbour when she arrived home from the hospital after giving birth prematurely.
The woman, named in local media as Amelie Challeat, said in a lengthy social media post that her neighbour, who has not been named, was angry with her for parking in front of the building.
She explained that it was cold outside and that her baby was fragile and that she needed to get him inside fast. He allegedly responded by punching her in the face.
“This man wanted to stop me from going into my home with my baby and hit me in the face. He sent his fist, with all his strength, into my face while I was holding my baby’s chair," Challeat said.
"I fell on the ground and I lost consciousness for a moment.”
Challeat said she tried to file a complaint with her local Paris police station, but was unsuccessful.
The police reportedly told her partner “to try to amicably remedy the situation with the neighbour”, who Challeat said was an “old, white, rich man who owns property”.
She posted her story on social media along with photos of her bruised face and it quickly went viral prompting French ministers to become involved after people were outraged.
Many online commentators said the incident highlights how backward France is when it comes to dealing with violence against women.
“Is the fight against violence against women still a national priority?” Challeat said.
Some people said that because Challeat described her alleged aggressor as an “old, white, rich man who owns property” her story lost credibility.
The French Minister Delegate in Charge of Citizenship, Marlene Schiappa, shared the young mother’s tweet and said that her team is in touch with her and with the local authorities.
The country’s Interior Minister, Gerald Darmanin, also shared her post and said that he was also in touch with her and that the police were ready to investigate her complaint.
It is unclear if the suspect has been arrested.
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