Eleven people jumped out of a second flat window in La Verriere, a small town west of Paris, after having apparently been terrified by the belief that one of their occupants was the devil.
Investigations by detectives and police are still underway regarding the details of this peculiar situation, with speculation amongst the officers as to whether the group leapt voluntarily or were forced to do so. Odile Faivre, the deputy prosecutor in Versailles, reported the events from statements of those present.
"Thirteen people were in an apartment on the second floor when, at around 3am, one of the occupants heard his child crying. The man in question, of African origin, who was completely naked, got up to feed his child, at which point the other occupants took him for the devil."
The deputy prosecutor followed on to recount how the man was stabbed in the hand, receiving a serious wound, before he attempted to force his way back into the apartment after the other occupants had thrown him out through the entrance door. It was at this moment, Ms Faivre states, that the remaining occupants, engulfed by fear, fled the scene by making a leap of faith through the apartment window two-storeys above the ground.
Amongst the injured were a four-month old baby and a two-year old girl, both of whom were carried in the arms of the other escapees, one of which is being questioned by police. The younger of the two is reportedly in a serious condition in a children's hospital in Paris.
It is thought that the majority of the group is of Angolan nationality, although nothing has been confirmed as of yet.