A 25-year-old Irishwoman savagely beaten with a motorcycle chain lock by three men while on holiday in France has been discharged from hospital.

She has told police she didn’t get a clear view of her attackers.

The assault occurred in the southern French town of Avignon at around 6.30am yesterday morning.

It is understood that the woman, visiting the region as a tourist, was returning to her accommodation on the Rue des Infirmières in the city centre when the assault occurred.

According to a report on the Le Dauphiné Libéré newspaper, the woman was pushed and hit in the face with a motorcycle chain.

She was taken for treatment to Henri-Duffaut hospital but was released yesterday afternoon. It is believed she suffered serious injuries to her mouth, head and eyes. The three men fled the area leaving the motorcyle chain used in the assault at the scene.

“She is particularly shocked,” a police source told the French newspaper.

The woman told the police she did not know any of the men and there appears to have been no clear motive for the attack. She will be fully interviewed after she recovers from her injuries.

French police have not formally commented on the incident.

The Department of Foreign Affairs says that it is aware of the case and is ready to give assistance.

Avignon is a particularly popular summer tourist destination and attracts thousands of visitors every year.


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