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Dad kills son 'over online gaming addiction'

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15:12 CEST+02:00
A Frenchman got so angry over his son’s constant playing of online games that he snapped and strangled the young man during an argument at the family’s holiday home in southern France, it was reported on Tuesday.

A 43-year-old French father was behind bars after police said he killed his 23-year-old son in the family’s holiday home in the heat of an argument sparked by the young man’s addiction to online games, French paper Midi Libre reported.

Officers rushed to the family home in the tiny village of Luc-sur-Orbieu in the Aude department of southern France after learning of the fatal confrontation between father and son at 10:45pm on Monday.

While an autopsy will declare the final cause of death, it appears the father grabbed his son by the neck and accidentally strangled him during a fight, which was appears to have been sparked by the son’s addiction to online games, Midi Libre reported.

The father was being held on suspicion of murder.

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