Shanghai police are investigating a 27-year-old Shanghai man who allegedly attacked a French man with a knife in downtown Xuhui District yesterday afternoon.
At 1:40 p.m. on Wednesday, police say that they received a report that a foreigner had been injured near the crossroads of Yongjia Road and Jiashan Road. By the time that officers arrived, the expat had already taken himself to the hospital where he was treated for a minor cut on his neck.
Later that night, Shanghai police arrested a local man surnamed Mao. Police say that the suspect suffers from mental illness.
In response to the incident, the French Consulate in Shanghai issued a warning to its citizens in China, reminding them to be on their guard.
“Given the situation, the French embassy in China calls on members of the French community to exercise the utmost vigilance,” the statement said.
This week, hundreds of members of the Chinese community of Paris have been protesting in the street after a Chinese man was killed in his own home by police on Sunday night.
There is no evidence to suggest that this stabbing was tied to the Paris shooting. There’s also no evidence that the suspect was an angry Farine customer. Of course, that hasn’t stopped Chinese netizens on Weibo from speculating:
“It was probably some young patriot who did this!”
“Has the boycott against France started?
“If a Chinese person had scratched someone with a blade in France, he would have already been shot dead.”
“There must have been a reason. At least our police are not like your French police who open fire before asking a question.”
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