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Thursday evening news briefing: British child stabbed in playground attack was on holiday, French authorities confirm

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Good evening. A British girl, one of four young children stabbed at a playground in France, was on holiday with her family, authorities have confirmed.

British child attacked in playground was on holiday

The child has been taken to a hospital in Grenoble, where she is in critical condition after the attack in Annecy on Thursday morning.

A prosecutor has confirmed that a Dutch child and two children from France were also targeted by the knife-wielding suspect, who was arrested.

The children, all of whom suffered life-threatening injuries, are between 22 months and three years old. Two adults were also injured.

French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne said the suspect had no criminal or psychiatric history and authorities said there was no evidence of a terrorist motive.

Ms Borne has confirmed that the man is a Syrian national who had refugee status in Sweden.

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