2020 Bayonne bus assault

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The 2020 Bayonne bus assault was an assault on Philippe Monguillot, a 59 year old bus driver, in Bayonne in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine area of southwest France on 5 July 2020.[1][2][3] The driver was declared brain dead the day after the attack.[1][2]

The assault

The driver had refused to let several people on the bus because they had no tickets and were not wearing masks.[1][2] Masks are mandatory on public transport in France because of COVID-19.[1][2] The driver was repeatedly punched by members of the group.[1][2] According to union representatives, he tried to stop the people from bringing a dog onto the bus.[1] The driver stepped out of the bus and was hit in the head by one of the group, resulting in a serious injury.[2]

The driver was unconscious when brought to hospital and was declared brain dead on 6 July 2020.[2]


The mayor of Bayonne condemned the attack.[1][2]

Bus services were disrupted in the region on 6 July as drivers refused to work in protest against the assault.[2] Regional bus company Chronoplus was criticised for not having done enough to ensure driver's safety.[2]

On July 10 2020 it was announced that the driver had died.[3][4] Two men were charged with attempted murder, two others with non-assistance to a person in danger and a fifth with attempting to hide a suspect.[3][5]