A 16-year-old pupil is in police custody after he stabbed and killed a woman teacher during class at a school in the town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, in south-west France, on Wednesday morning, reportedly claiming he was 'posessed'.
Mickaël Philétas, 41, who described himself online as a 'seduction coach', fatally stabbed his ex-partner more than 80 times, attempted to murder her new partner and her younger sister, who he also tried to sexually assault.
The owner of a second-hand goods business in the village of Bullecourt in northern France attacked and tied to a chair two tax inspectors during their audit of his accounts, stabbing to death one of them before shooting himself.
Prosecution services in Normandy have launched a public appeal for information about a woman cyclist who police are convinced was the victim of a murder after a collision with a drunken car driver, but whose corpse has not been found and whose identity is unknown.
The shocking sequestration, rape and murder in Paris last week of Lola, a 12-year-old girl whose body was found in a trunk in front of her apartment building home, has been transformed by the far-right and conservative hardliners into a political row over immigration policy after it was revealed that the arrested suspect is a young Algerian woman who since August was the subject of an expulsion order. The controversy snowballed this week, forcing the government onto the defence despite an appeal by Lola’s parents that no political gain should be made of the atrocious crime. Lucie Delaporte and Christophe Gueugneau report.
Six people were taken into custody on Saturday, following the initial arrests of four, after the body of a 12-year-old girl was found inside a trunk left on a pavement in front of the Paris apartment block where her parents are the resident caretakers.