France’s elite police stormed into the flat of an 85-year-old retiree in the southern city of Marseille twice over the past fortnight, in search of a dangerous suspect.

"/> France’s elite police stormed into the flat of an 85-year-old retiree in the southern city of Marseille twice over the past fortnight, in search of a dangerous suspect.

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Elite police mistake granny’s home for criminal hideout, twice

France’s elite police stormed into the flat of an 85-year-old retiree in the southern city of Marseille twice over the past fortnight, in search of a dangerous suspect.

The retiree, referred to as “Francesca” by the French press, was woken up by the sound of the police blowing up her front door on October 25th. 

Speaking to the French daily La Provence, she said balaclava-wearing men rushed into her bedroom at 6am and pushed her onto the bed. The policemen then tore through her flat before realising their suspect lived next door. The damage done is estimated at €2,000.

On Thursday last week, the elite police force again forced their way into her flat, this time using a battering ram to break through her front door. The police force believed the suspect had escaped and was hiding on Francesca’s balcony. 

However, the two balconies are not connected and the suspect had escaped via another balcony. He was later arrested outside the building.

The police were tracking a suspect accused of taking part in a hold-up on a jeweller’s shop near the southern city of Toulon. 

Police say he was a dangerous criminal accused of shooting on the police with Kalashnikovs.

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French police shoot dead knife-wielding man at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport

French Border police at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris shot - and killed - man who was wielding a knife in the public area of the airport on Wednesday.

French police shoot dead knife-wielding man at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport

Border police reportedly shot a man with aggressive behaviour who brandished a knife in the public area of the Charles de Gaulle airport outside of Paris, on Wednesday morning, police and airport sources told AFP.

“This morning officers neutralised a threatening individual in possession of a knife at the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport,” the Paris police department said on its Twitter account.

A source close to the investigation told BFMTV that the man – who was likely homeless – went towards the officers, despite being asked several times to put the knife down. In response, police shot the man in the abdomen, and the individual later died.

The incident took place in the busy, public area of terminal 2F around 8:20 am, when “a homeless man started bothering security agents and border police were called in to remove him”.

Initially the man left while yelling curses but he soon returned and brought out a knife, when one of the officers fired his weapon.

An AFP photographer who witnessed the scene said “a large person of colour brandished something that looked like a knife at the police”.

“He was ordered to stop but kept advancing toward them, and an officer fired a single shot.”

The man was quickly put on a stretcher and evacuated, the photographer said. 

Security forces have been on high alert for terrorist attacks since a wave of jihadist killings that have killed more than 250 people since 2015, often by so-called “lone wolves” who often target police.

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