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Retiree shoots wife and 103-year-old aunt

A sixty-eight-year-old retired police captain shot his wife and 103-year-old aunt before committing suicide in the small town Biot on the Riviera.

The retired police captain sprayed a dozen bullets at his wife, aunt and two German shepherds on Sunday afternoon. He then called the local police station and told them that he “didn’t feel well,” according to local daily Var-Matin.

After hanging up, the retiree shot himself twice in the heart. Two weapons were found on his body, an automatic gun and a .45-caliber pistol.

The mayor of Biot Jean-Pierre Dermit – who knew the couple – says he is deeply distressed by the attack. “Recently, there were rumours he was depressed,” Dermit told Var Matin.

“He was a former police captain who had worked in Antibes for a long time. He was well known here,” he says.

Dermit says he is saddened that tragedy is striking Biot once again. In January, a man shot his wife in Biot before committing suicide.

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French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

France’s Economy Minister has praised the work of Bordeaux law officers, after they seized more than 2.4 tonnes of cannabis resin with an estimated street value in excess of €19 million.

French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

Bruno Le Maire and Minister Delegate in charge of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal in a joint statement: “Once again, Customs distinguished itself with an exceptional seizure of cannabis, recalling its key role in the fight against drug trafficking. We congratulate the customs officers for their daily commitment to the protection of our fellow citizens.”

Two people were taken into custody after officers stopped a lorry from Spain on the A63, near the Saugnac-et-Muret toll area, just south of Bordeaux, on Monday.

According to Le Figaro, the drugs were hidden in side compartments of the lorry, and concealed by its stated load of wheat, and were discovered by a sniffer dog during the stop.

In total, 2,414.8kg of cannabis resin and 9.75kg of cannabis herb were intercepted by the Bordeaux brigade, with an estimated value of more than €19 million on the illicit market.

Since the end of July, 2022, Customs officials have seized nearly 73 tonnes of drugs, including 41.2 tonnes of cannabis.

The French drugs squad is now investigating to determine the point of origin of the drugs, as well as their destination and the crime network behind the smuggling attempt.

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