Condition of Taiwanese assaulted in Paris stable: official

A Taiwanese tourist who was attacked after quarreling with other passengers on a train in Paris is in stable condition after undergoing surgery on Monday, a Taiwanese foreign affairs official said Tuesday.

The assaulted man was traveling with two friends in Paris when they boarded a train at Pont de l'Alma Station on the RER C line on Sunday night and quickly got into an argument with four other passengers, believed to be Eastern European, said Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Eleanor Wang (???).

When they got off at the next stop of Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel, they continued the argument with the four people, who remained on the train, Wang said.

One of the passengers grabbed the arm of one of the Taiwanese and dragged him as the train started moving. The man fell to the tracks after the train pulled away and fractured a bone in his arm, according to Wang.

He was rushed to the hospital and operated on Monday, and his condition has since stabilized, Wang said.

Officials with Taiwan's representative office in Paris have visited the injured man and helped his two friends explain what happened to Parisian police, the spokeswoman said.

After going through footage from surveillance cameras on the rail line, local police have identified the four suspects and are now looking for them, Wang said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel