American tourists attacked with acid in Marseille's train station, prosecutor says

Cheryl Sanders
September 17, 2017

The acid was thought to be in a spray canister sold in DIY shops for cleaning purposes.

French officials have arrested a 41-year-old female suspect in the attack.


An embassy spokesman said Sunday that the US consulate in the southern port city of Marseille is communicating with French officials about the attack at Marseille's main train station.

Four female American tourists in the 20s were attacked with acid Sunday in the French city of Marseille, the local prosecutor's office said.


The four women, in their early twenties, were traveling between Marseilles and Paris when they were attacked at 11am.

The two other tourists were hit in the legs, according to French media, and have been taken to hospital for shock.


The attack is not believed to be terror related as the attacker did not yell out any terror-linked threats, a spokeswomen for the prosecutor's office said. She spoke on condition of anonymity, per the French judicial system. The tourists were on their way from the southern city to Paris.

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