French government spokesman attacked during campaign, days before crucial election

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PARIS (AP) — Just days before a key parliamentary election, French government spokeswoman Prisca Thevenot was attacked during the campaign, officials said Thursday.

Thevenot, a candidate for the Macron-led centrist Ensemble alliance, her deputy and a party activist were hanging election posters near Paris on Wednesday night ahead of the July 7 parliamentary elections when a group attacked them, the prime minister said. Gabriel Attal said on the social media platform X.

Media reported that Thevenot was not injured and will continue campaigning, but her deputy and the party activist were taken to hospital. It was not immediately clear what injuries they sustained.

The Public Prosecution Service says it has launched an investigation into a weapon attack on a civil servant, but has not provided any information about the motive for the attack.

According to the Public Prosecution Service, four people are in custody, including three minors.

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