Prison guards strike with a banner reading "Do we need a death to get indignant" at the Baumettes prison in Marseille, southern France, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Guards at as many as 18 French prisons blocked the entries in protest after a radicalized inmate stabbed two of their colleagues. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Guards block 18 French prisons after inmate knife attack

March 06, 2019 - 5:19 am

PARIS (AP) — Guards blocked entrances at as many as 18 French prisons after two colleagues were stabbed by a radicalized inmate.

In a statement, the main CGT union said attacks against guards are becoming more common and intolerable, and that the penal population was becoming "increasingly vindictive, aggressive and violent."

Early Wednesday, a total of 18 prisons had been blocked. That had reduced to 10 by mid-morning.

The protest comes a day the guards were stabbed with a ceramic knife by a prisoner, whose wife was visiting. He locked himself in the room afterwards but no hostages were taken.

The inmate and his wife were subdued in a police raid. The Le Monde newspaper reported that the wife died of her wounds.

French officials described the stabbing as a "terrorist attack."

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