A pair of cafe owners was brutally beaten by a large group of 'street kids' in France last week, according to reports.
The disturbing incident unfolded on Friday evening in Saint-Pargoire, a commune in the department of Hérault in the south of France.
Pauline Varalda, 28, and Laurent Cipriano, 38, say they have been terrorized by 'young people' since purchasing the small snack bar roughly two years ago.
During that time, their eatery has become a village favorite frequented by families and residents, despite frequent run-ins with 'youths' who often get drunk and harass diners and shopkeepers, France Bleu reports.
The owners have repeatedly complained to authorities to no avail.
On Friday, things took a turn for the worse when some youths took over the street to play soccer.
"We clearly had the impression that the football goals were our tables and our terrace, so the customers were struck by balls and glasses were knocked over," Pauline explained.
"We went up five times asking them to go play further away."
Suddenly, one of the young suspects reportedly punched Laurent in the face, knocking him to the ground.
"Laurent got up and we quickly found ourselves beaten up by 20 street kids," Pauline said.
Customers intervened, preventing an even worse assault from taking place, but the couple suffered serious injuries nonetheless.
"My companion can hardly see out of one eye and his face is completely purple. Sprains of the knee, cervical and lumbar, which are very painful, and we both have headaches," Pauline said.
"We are going around in circles because our business is our only source of income and we are not physically able to open it today."
She says they have crossed paths with their assailants multiple times in the days following the attack.
"We returned home twice passing in front of this same gang of young people who continue to drink in the street and who looked at us as if they were going to kill us," she said. "It's completely discouraging."
"We set up this structure with my companion, with the little savings we had to get started in life and create a comfort of work and a comfort of life in a village that we thought was quiet. And in fact, we have been living in hell for two years."
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