Woman, 22, ‘punched in face and branded a whore for wearing skirt’ by three men

A woman says she was held down and punched in the face in broad daylight by three men after one shouted: "Look at that whore in a skirt".

The 22-year-old student said she was attacked as she walked home in Strasbourg, France, and claimed at dozens of passers-by did nothing to help.

Pictures of the woman known only as Elisabeth show her with a bruised eye and the French government has condemned the attack.

She told France Bleu Alsace radio that she was held down by two men and then punched by a third as she walked home.

Elisabeth claimed one of the men had shouted "look at that whore in a skirt" moments before she was grabbed.

She added dozens of people had watched the attack in broad daylight and did nothing.

Police are investigating the incident.

A spokesperson for the French government Gabriel Attal said: "In France, we must be able to go out dressed in the street as we want.

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"We cannot accept that today in France, a woman feels in danger, either harassed, threatened or beaten because of how she dresses."

Junior interior minister Marlence Schiappa urged members of the public to call the police if they witness any abuse against women.

The former gender equality secretary, who was in Strasbourg on Wednesday discussing women’s safety in public, told France Bleu Alsace radio: "A woman is never hit because she wears a skirt.

"A woman is hit because there are people who are misogynistic, sexist, violent, and who free themselves of any law or any rule of civility by striking them."

The radio station reported there had been a similar incident in the city of Mulhouse where a man attacked two women after telling one of them their skirt was "too short".

Schiappa announced 80 social workers would be deployed in police stations to help women who suffered street harassment and sexual violence.

Around 1,800 penalty fines have been issued in France under a street harassment law passed two years ago.

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