The French police are searching for a knife-wielding man, who slashed a pensioner's throat in the vicinity of a church in downtown Montpellier, France's south, according to an Actu.fr report.
The attack reportedly happened at around 11:30 a.m. local time, with the 75-year-old victim collapsing in a pool of blood.
According to Midi Libre, the man suffered a deep wound to the neck that severely harmed his carotid artery, the main vessel that transports blood to the head. He was rushed to a hospital, where he is said to remain in critical condition.
The motive for the attack is so far unknown, but reports suggest police, who have cordoned off the surrounding streets while searching for the cuprit, are not currently treating it as a terrorist attack.