Chinese Police Praised for Not Killing Man Who Stabbed Frenchman in Shanghai

A French national was allegedly stabbed with a knife near the crossroads of Yongjia Road and Jiashan Road in Shanghai on Wednesday.

The attack comes days after Paris police fatally shot 56-year-old Shaoyo Liu at his home in front of his family, sparking riots that left three officers injured, 35 protesters arrested, and a demand from Beijing to France to protect the Chinese community after Sunday’s shooting.

Police said that they received a report about the stabbing around 1:40 p.m. local time, but by the time officers arrived at the scene, the French man had already rushed himself to the hospital to get treated for a minor cut on his neck.

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The attacker fled after the man’s Chinese colleague intervened, RT reported.

On Wednesday night, Shanghai police arrested a 27-year-old man surnamed Mao, who they say suffers from mental illness.

In response to the attack, the Shanghai’s French Consulate warned its citizens in China to remain vigilant.

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Given the situation, the French embassy in China calls on members of the French community to exercise the utmost vigilance,” the statement read. “The embassy and consulates-general are in constant contact with the Chinese authorities to remind that the security of French nationals in China is a priority.

There is no evidence to suggest that there is a link between the stabbing and the Paris shooting.

According to Shanghaiist, however, it did not stop Chinese netizens from getting into a heated argument:

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If a Chinese person had scratched someone with a blade in France, he would have already been shot dead,” one Weibo user said.

Another commented: “There must have been a reason. At least our police are not like your French police who open fire before asking a question.”

The investigation into the attack is ongoing.

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