The incident took place on Sunday afternoon close to the district of Grandes Terres in Saint-Fons close to Lyon.
As it does every year, the FNACA (Federation of ex-servicemen in Algeria) of Saint-Fons organised a picnic. But this time, nothing happened as expected.
When the tables had just been set up in the shade of the trees right next to the city-owned land of a building, a rain of projectiles fell on the guests: empty beer and whisky bottles, broom handles and stones thrown with slingshots, according to a witness quoted by Le Progrès: 'We heard them shouting: "We're going to Charlie Hebdo you, you filthy French shit!".' During the incident, a woman in her 80s was transported to Saint-Fons hospital because she was struck in the head by the base of a parasol.