Irish woman 'attacked by three men' in French tourist town

25-year-old was reportedly hit in face with chain lock during assault

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A 25-year-old Irish woman is recovering after being attacked by three men in the southeastern French town of Avignon.

The woman was hit in the face with a chain lock during the apparently random assault, according to local newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré.

The incident reportedly took place close to the victim's accommodation at around 6.30am on Saturday morning. 

The paper said the woman, a tourist, was taken to hospital to be treated for her injuries. A police source told Le Dauphiné Libéré that she was in a state of shock. 

The three men are said to have run off after the attack, leaving the woman and weapon behind.

The town is a popular destination for tourists in the summer months, particularly in July, when the annual Avignon Festival takes places. 

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it was aware of the case and ready to provide consular assistance. Local police could not be immediately reached for comment.