Diners at an Indian restaurant in the 10th arrondissement of the French capital witnessed the shocking scene on Monday night when a man, who was also eating at the restaurant, was attacked and reportedly scalped at his table.
The incident, which took place at a restaurant 8.30pm on Rue Cail, a street well known for its curry restaurants, saw two men whose faces were covered by hoods burst into the restaurant armed with a sword and a machete, according to French press reports.
The two men then attacked the man who was having dinner with his wife.
According to reports, the victim -- a Sri Lankan man aged 35 -- received several wounds to the head, elbow and wrist, suffering very serious injuries before he was taken to the nearest hospital. The victim remains in a critical state.
Meanwhile, the perpetrators managed to escape.
"He was scalped and had his arm and wrist severely cut," a source close to the case told the French press.
It is believed that this terrible aggression could be part of a settling of scores in the Sri Lankan community and an investigation is underway.