Guards block 18 French prisons after 'terrorist attack'

Guards block 18 French prisons after 'terrorist attack'

Guards blocked entrances at as many as 18 French prisons after two colleagues were stabbed by a radicalised inmate.

In a statement, the main CGT union said attacks against guards are becoming more common and intolerable, and that the penal population was becoming "increasingly vindictive, aggressive and violent".

Earlier today, a total of 18 prisons had been blocked. That had reduced to 10 by mid-morning.

The protest comes after guards were stabbed with a ceramic knife by a prisoner, whose wife was visiting. He locked himself in the room afterwards but no hostages were taken.

The inmate and his wife were subdued in a police raid. The Le Monde newspaper reported that the wife died of her wounds.

Guards block 18 French prisons after 'terrorist attack'

French officials described the stabbing as a "terrorist attack".

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