Police officers were seriously injured when they were attacked by a very large group of armed 'youths' at a train station in France this week, according to reports.
The incident unfolded on Monday afternoon in Saint-Malo, a walled city in the Brittany region.
Cops in plainclothes asked a group of unruly 'young people' aboard a train bound for the coastal city to control their behavior, prompting the teens to hurl insults and grow more aggressive.
The officers, who are stationed in the Paris region, were participating in program whereby they can ride transport for free or at reduced rates in exchange for providing increased security during their journeys, France Bleu reports.
When the train reached the main station in Saint-Malo, the situation spiraled out of control.
"4 off-duty policemen in the train Paris-StMalo were attacked by thugs, because they were identified as cops!" Matthieu Valet, spokesman of the Independent Union of Commissioners of Police, wrote on social media.
"When they arrived at the station, 20 savages smashed them."
Local police arrived at the scene and managed to arrest five 'underage' suspects, all of whom were found to be carrying knives.
An investigation is ongoing.
Last week, off-duty cops were ambushed by a violent horde hurling projectiles after they were recognized at a nightclub in Aix-en-Provence.
The mob assaults come amid a heated debate over violent crime and lawlessness tied to mass migration in France.
Military leaders fired off multiple incendiary letters last year, warning the Macron government of looming "civil war" if strong measures are not taken to regain control of a society spiraling into chaos.
The revolution will not be televised.
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