Two men were killed and another seriously injured in a shooting at the main food market in the southern city of Nice on Friday morning.

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Two dead in food market shooting

Two men were killed and another seriously injured in a shooting at the main food market in the southern city of Nice on Friday morning.

BFM TV reported that a man armed with an automatic weapon walked into a flower shop at around 7.20am and began shooting.

Two employees were shot dead and a third man, believed to be the shop’s owner, was shot in the knees.

The hooded attacker fled the scene.

Le Figaro named the two dead men as Stéphane Tixier and Amadéo Titeux and said both were known to the police and involved in organised crime.

All the men were aged between 40 and 50.

Police are studying closed circuit footage to see whether the attacker and an accomplice can be identified.

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Pensioner held over murder on French nudist beach

A 75-year-old man has been arrested in France over a murder on a well-known nudist beach outside the southeastern city of Lyon, prosecutors said.

Pensioner held over murder on French nudist beach

The victim, aged 46, was killed on Saturday at the La Mama beach on a lake in the Lyon suburb of Miribel, regional prosecutors said.

The 75-year-old is suspected of shooting the victim multiple times in the bushes nearby following a dispute that arose after the younger man allegedly exposed himself in front of a woman, they added.

The regional daily Le Progres said that the suspect is a member of a shooting club and legally possesses a calibre 22 rifle. The victim was known to the police, it said.

The Le Parisien daily added that according to its information the victim had been a cause of trouble on the beach all Saturday morning with tensions rising to a peak when he began to masturbate in front of a woman.

An altercation ensued at which point the septuagenarian reached for his gun.

Le Progres said that at the peak of the summer season the beach — well known to Lyon’s inhabitants — was operating as normal on Sunday.

Participants in the World Naked Bike Ride France arrived even as police carried out investigations and images showed naked bathers enjoying the hot weather.

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