The young man who intervened to save the lives of children during the Annecy knife attack was a devout Catholic on a personal pilgrimage.
24-year-old Henri Guaino was on a month long cathedral tour when he saw a Syrian migrant who had been refused asylum in France go on a rampage stabbing four nursery age children and two adults. Using his backpack as a shield he chased and cornered the would-be killer.
'Backpack hero’ Henri said he believes it was God’s will that he was there at the time of the “abominable” attack.
Speaking to CNEWS the philosophy student said, “All I know is that I was not there by chance.”
“On my journey to the cathedrals I crossed paths with this man and I have acted instinctively. It was unthinkable to do nothing.”
The young man, a devout Catholic, said that he felt a strong force urging him into action when he saw the danger the children were in.
“I let myself be guided by providence and the Virgin Mary,” he said adding, “I said my adieu. They would decide what would happen.”