Health Editor’s Note: I was informed by our Paris VT affiliate, Jane Rosenstein, that buses in Paris will not move unless all passengers are wearing a mask. How could the issue of wearing a mask in order to use the bus system in Paris, have resulted in this death? Are people really this irrational? Apparently they are, and we can sincerely hope this does not happen to a second bus driver who is following the rules in trying to facilitate safety for those using public transportation in Paris…..Carol
French bus driver attacked over face mask stance is declared brain dead
A bus driver in France was declared brain dead on Monday after being attacked for refusing to let passengers on board without face masks, in line with rules imposed to combat coronavirus.
A police source in Bayonne, near the ritzy Atlantic resort of Biarritz in south-western France, said five people were now in custody over the incident on Sunday evening.
The source said the driver, in his fifties, tried to prevent a man who was not wearing a face mask from boarding the bus with his dog.
The driver also asked four other passengers, who had already mounted the bus without masks, to get off.
Face masks are mandatory on public transport in France, where the Covid-19 outbreak has claimed nearly 30,000 lives.
The driver was repeatedly punched in an assault that resulted in a serious head injury, said the source.
He was unconscious when he arrived at a hospital, and doctors declared him brain dead on Monday.