One man was stabbed and two of his friends thrown into the Seine River in Paris when they were attacked by a large group of people attempting to rob them, according to reports.
The incident unfolded at around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday on the Quai du Louvre.
Members from a group of about a dozen people say they were approached by a faction of around 15 people under the Pont Neuf, a bridge over the Seine.
"According to the version of the victims, these attackers wanted to extort them and the others resisted," a police source told Le Parisien.
A brawl broke out and a 24-year-old man was stabbed three times in the buttocks.
Two of the stabbing victim's friends, males aged 18 and 23, were pushed into the river in the dark.
Firefighters were able to rescue them, and they were taken to hospital for further examination.
"The danger of death is real, because the Seine displays false airs of tranquility," Le Parisien explains. "It shelters strong currents and the temperature of its waters is freezing. These two factors have turned out to be fatal for many unfortunate people who have fallen into it, voluntarily or not."
The stabbing victim did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
Police have opened an investigation but no suspects have been identified, according to the latest available information.
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