French firefighters were ambushed by a group of assailants while responding to an automobile blaze this weekend, according to reports.
The ambush unfolded at around 4:45 a.m. on Sunday morning in the 12th arrondissement of Marseille.
Emergency responders arrived on the scene of a car fire that had been set intentionally.
While tending to the conflagration, the fire crew was confronted by at least four suspects.
During an ensuing physical altercation, one of the attackers reportedly sprayed the rescuers with a toxic gas.
"The police reacted quickly and arrested the alleged perpetrator," Actu17 reports.
"During this intervention, a second individual pushed a policewoman who fell and injured her knee. He was arrested in turn and the two men were taken into police custody."
An investigation has been opened into the incident.
Firefighters are under siege across France, with one region in Marseille reporting an increase in attacks of more than 200% during the past decade.
Officials say such aggressions occur daily, prompting some firefighters to wear body cameras to document the abuse.
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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