A man was hospitalized with critical injuries following an "ultra-violent" mob attack in France described as a "lynching" by local media.
The horrifying attack unfolded at around 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday night in the Clos-des-Roses district of Compiègne, a commune in the department of Oise.
A severely wounded man ran into a restaurant near Baudelaire Square and collapsed.
Witnesses informed police that the victim had been set upon by a group of around 20 people, some of whom were armed.
"During their findings on the spot, the police discovered traces of blood, two bloody sticks and a tear gas canister," Actu 17 reports. "A parked car was also damaged."
"This ultra-violent attack could be a settling of scores against the backdrop of drug trafficking. The victim is known to the police."
The injured man was rushed to hospital where his condition improved following treatment.
All of the suspects fled the scene before police arrived and none have been identified as of the most recent available updates.
Another instance of mob violence occurred in the same neighborhood in December when police busted a drug deal in Baudelaire Square and came under assault from around 15 suspects armed with explosive devices.
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.
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