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Calls for harsh punishments after death of bus driver in France

PARIS: French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Saturday vowed to come down hard on the perpetrators of a brutal attack on a bus driver who reportedly would not allow them to board without face masks.
He promised that the judiciary would “punish the perpetrators of this heinous crime” in response to calls by politicians for tough measures against the four people responsible for the attack.
The bus driver, in his late 50s, was initially declared brain-dead after the attack earlier this week. He died on Friday. Media reports said he had turned away several people at a bus stop in Bayonne, near the border to Spain, after they wanted to board without masks or a valid ticket. The rejected passengers attacked the driver, with heavy blows to the head. (DPA)