French man accused of murdering woman with madeleine cake

The trial has opened in Tours, north-west France, of a man who accused of murdering by suffocation a 92-year-old woman at a care home by force-feeding her a madeleine sponge cake, allegedly to gain full ownership of a house she sold to him in 1995 in return for a life annuity. 

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The traditional French madeleine – made famous by the writer Marcel Proust as a metaphor for childhood memories – is at the centre of a murder trial this week after a man was accused of using one of the miniature sponge cakes to kill an elderly widow, reports The Guardian.