Smain drank a coffee on the terrace when the attack took place. He tells our fellow Parisians how he managed to neutralize the attacker with other witnesses of the scene:
When this Algerian realized what was happening, young petanque players already followed the attacker. If these passersby could not prevent two tourists from being stabbed, they would have cornered the attacker in a side street. After they circled him, they touched him with what they had with them: petanque ball, iron bar, wooden pallets found on the spot.
"I do not know why I did that, if you're in a group, you can do something," he explains.