A schoolgirl was killed at lunchtime yesterday in Florensac near Montpellier in the south of the country as fellow pupils looked on.

 

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Schoolmates watch as 13-year old girl murdered

A schoolgirl was killed at lunchtime yesterday in Florensac near Montpellier in the south of the country as fellow pupils looked on.

 

The attack took place in front of the Collège Voltaire as a number of the school’s 350 students watched. She was punched and kicked repeatedly by a 15-year old boy, the brother of a fellow pupil. The girl fell and hit her head during the attack and was taken to a Montpellier hospital by helicopter. She died from her injuries later in the afternoon.

The attacker, who turned himself into police yesterday afternoon, is the older brother of another girl at the school. According to Midi-Libre, the two girls had been involved in a long-running dispute over a boy.  

 

The sister of the attacker had not been to school for a month as she was frightened of the other girl, according to the newspaper. After finally telling her mother the full story, she went to the police on Monday morning to make a complaint. Her brother seemingly decided to take matters into his own hands by going to the school yesterday lunchtime to confront the girl.

 

The education minister, Luc Chatel, told BFM-TV on Monday that “this was a terrible event” and that “the education community is in mourning this evening. This is a school that does not have any particular problems.” The minister will visit the town today.

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MONTPELLIER

British student killed crossing road in France

A British university student was killed in the southern city of Montpellier over the weekend, after attempting to cross a motorway with a group of friends on a night out.

British student killed crossing road in France
A British university student was killed in the southern city of Montpellier over the weekend, after attempting to cross a motorway. File photo: Corentin Bechade

A night out ended in tragedy for a group of friends in Montpellier over the weekend, when a British man died after being struck by a car while crossing a motorway in the southern city, according to French media.

The 22-year-old British student and six of his friends had been on their way to a nightclub in nearby Lattes in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to local daily La Depeche.

Believing they were heading towards the Route de Palavas, the group of friends had in fact stumbled upon the A9 motorway, but decided to venture across on foot, anyway.

Tragically, a motorist travelling in the direction of Nîmes collided with two of the group, killing one and injuring another at around 1.25 am, according to TF1 television.

“The collision happened in the central lane of the motorway,” a police source told La Depeche. “[The driver] couldn’t avoid them.”

The 29-year-old motorist has been taken into custody on suspicion of involuntary homicide and injury.

The identity of the British man has not yet revealed, and a representative from the British embassy was not available for comment at time of writing.

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