A BRIT girl who was stabbed in the Annecy playground attack and suffered life-threatening injuries is now awake and watching TV.
Three-year-old Ettie Turner is in stable condition, recovering in hospital from Thursday’s “barbaric” attack in Annecy.
The brave toddler was visited in intensive care today by French President Emmanuel Macron, who said she “woke up” after an operation.
“She watches TV and [the attack] is just a bad memory.”
“Doctors are optimistic,” he added.
The other three victims, aged between one and three – two French cousins and a Dutch boy – are also “on the right track,” Macron said.
British Consulate officials are supporting the young Briton’s family as she holds a bedside vigil at Child Couple Hospital after her dream holiday in Annecy turned into a nightmare.
The French leader arrived at Children’s Hospital with his wife Brigitte this morning before spending nearly two hours in nearby Grenoble speaking with their parents.
He also spoke to the grandmother, who was walking with two French cousins, Ennio and Alba, when they were attacked. They continue to fight for their lives.
Mr Macron afterwards told French TV channel TF1: “There are some things that are unacceptable, such as the violence of these incomprehensible acts. We must not get used to that.”
On the children, he added: “There is positive news. Everything the medical staff has told me about her is good.”
The stabber Abdelmasih Hanoun, 31, is himself the father of a three-year-old.
The devout Christian initially set his sights on the French cousins around 9.45am on Thursday before lashing out at Ettie and 22-month-old Dutch boy Peter, who is stable in Geneva.
Prosecutor Line Bonnet-Mathis extended Hanoun’s detention pending further interrogation on suspicion of attempted murder.
Sources claimed he “threw tantrums” in a cell and “gave no motive for the attacks.”
Homeless man Hanoun is believed to have been living in difficult conditions in Annecy since last autumn, when he left his ex-wife and three-year-old daughter in Sweden to go to France.
The divorced man, who served in the Syrian army, faced deportation after his asylum application was rejected six days ago due to his Swedish refugee status.
Locals saw him lurking in the park “every day for two months” where he allegedly swam in the scenic lake and slept in a cardboard box.
A source said: “Parents and other people in the playground were used to seeing him sitting on a bench.
“He often mumbled or sang to himself and would get aggressive if anyone else tried to sit on the bench.”
Mr Macron later visited the crime scene in the south-eastern Alpine town of Annecy, where he met one of the injured elderly men.
Manuel, 70, was stabbed several times in the neck and accidentally shot by police, while another pensioner, Youssouf, had his arm slashed while sitting on a park bench.
Youssouf, 78, said: “I felt there was no reason for him to attack me. I stayed calm, I didn’t go after him to pursue him.
“I kept quiet and still sat there, but he came like this and probably wanted to make another sacrifice to bother another person.”
“I’m calm but I can imagine the stress on the children’s families and their loved ones or other children who saw the incident.”
As a tribute, white roses and cuddly toys were left in Le Paquier Park, where overwhelmed local resident Salih Ismajl yelled, “Don’t touch the children.” Why wasn’t I here yesterday?”
Among those Macron met with was the “backpack hero,” who boldly intervened, using his backpack to thwart the attacker and slow his bloody rampage.
Footage showed Frenchman Henri d’Ansleme swinging his bags at the knife-wielding man and chasing him away from the children.
Henri told CNews: “I acted really instinctively, I acted like any Frenchman, I did everything I could to protect the most vulnerable.”
“What I did, anyone could have done. I followed my instincts.”
The French leader also thanked the “remarkable” rescue workers for their bravery, declaring: “We owe you a lot.”
He said the children were victims of “the most barbaric acts and I think that shocked us”.
The 24-year-old Catholic was on a nine-month “Tour de France” pilgrimage through the country’s cathedrals when he intervened.
Demands grew for a tribute to his bravery in fighting the attacker until police arrested him four minutes later.
The philosophy and management student said: “All I know is that I wasn’t there by accident.
“I met this man on my journey to the cathedrals and I acted on instinct. It was unthinkable to do nothing.
“I was guided by Providence and the Virgin Mary. I said goodbye. They would decide what would happen.”