A woman and her three daughters were attacked by a knife-wielding man at a holiday park in the south of France.

The man reportedly complained that they were scantily dressed but a local prosecutor denied this.

All four were wounded, and the youngest of the victims was given emergency surgery because of her wounds.

A man was arrested trying to leave the scene in a vehicle after the attack, which happened around 9.30am local time yesterday near Sisteron.

Local prosecutor Raphael Balland said the motive was still “very vague”.

The French mother, 46, and her daughters aged eight, 12 and 14 were regular visitors to the holiday camp at Garde-Colombe and had been having breakfast when they came under attack.

All four were taken to hospital and the youngest suffered a punctured lung, reports said.

According to authorities, the suspect in custody was of Moroccan origin and had been staying on the site with his own family next door to the victims, the BBC reported.