Firefighters are under siege across France with one region reporting an increase in attacks of more than 200% during the past decade, according to reports.
In the department of Bouches-du-Rhône, home to the city of Marseille, assaults on firefighters have skyrocketed in recent years.
Officials say such aggressions occur daily and are up a stunning 213% since 2011, prompting some firefighters to wear body cameras to document the abuse.
Many foreigners with African or Middle Eastern backgrounds view firefighters and paramedics as agents of the state to be engaged violently, as they do police.
"Unfortunately, there can be ambushes, as has often happened to us in some difficult neighborhoods, but it is also common during interventions where the people who are suffering consider the rescuer as an aggressor," Jean-Christophe Martini, a firefighter with over 40 years experience, told C News.
"We have a colleague who was stabbed not long ago. We are lucky, he got out of it and he is alive, but nevertheless, it could have been very serious."
Police and emergency crews are frequently ambushed in Western European nations, particularly in migrant enclaves and 'no-go' zones where assailants draw little distinction between cops and first responders.
Assaults on fire personnel across France rose by 23 percent between 2017 and 2019, with French media calling it the "new normal."
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