Lonely Planet Writer

Clown terror spreading throughout France

Disguised as clowns, 14 teenagers are attacking citizens in southern France.
Disguised as clowns, 14 teenagers are attacking citizens in southern France. Image by timlewisnm / CC BY-SA 2.0

Fake clowns are causing panic in France with a spate of attacks occurring across the country. Fourteen teenagers dressed as clowns and carrying weapons were arrested in southern France, a man was robbed and beaten in another attack and a 19-year-old was given a six-month suspended prison sentence for terrorising children while dressed as a clown. The phenomenon is being fuelled by social media and has prompted police to take action as some people are starting to take matters into their own hands by ‘hunting’ the clowns. Read more: theguardian.com