84-year-old granny chases off burglar

An 84-year-old French retiree who discovered a burglar in her home, chased him away after ripping his t-shirt.

“Why does anybody attack old people like us? It’s so cowardly,” 84-year-old Odette Amann told Nice Matin.

On Friday afternoon, Amann discovered a burglar in the kitchen of her home in the town of Menton, east of Monaco. The man had taken her purses and several valuable objects. But Amann did not cower or let him go away with the cash, instead she confronted the burglar.

“I didn’t want him to leave with all my money! He was tall and thin. But I still latched into his t-shirt. I pulled with all my strength and the t-shirt ripped,” Amann told Nice Matin.

But the burglar managed to flee to the door, leaving Amann with bruises on her arms and a cut finger. Amann unsuccessfully tried to keep up with the burglar, following him outside and calling out for the police.

After the theft, Amann said she regrets most losing belongings that had sentimental value, especially presents from her deceased husband.


French electrician sues Netflix for labelling him a radical Islamist

A French man of North African origin has accused Netflix of racial discrimination for labelling him a radical Islamist in an action movie for which he was filmed without his knowledge, his lawyer said on Monday.

French electrician sues Netflix for labelling him a radical Islamist
The Netflix movie Sentinelle was set and filmed in Nice. Photo: Valery Hache/AFP

Sentinelle, set in the southern city of Nice, tells the story of an elite French soldier returning from service in Syria who embarks on a mission to find the man who raped her sister.

One scene shows the protagonist, Klara, looking through the sights of her rifle at two young friends saying goodbye to each other.

The scene was shot on the Promenade des Anglais, the seaside walk where a Tunisian radical mowed down 86 people with a truck on July 14th, 2016.

The French subtitles Netflix provided to describe the scene for the hard of hearing refer to two young “barbus” – a derogatory term for ultraconservative Muslim men that means “the bearded ones”.

One of the men, a 21-year-old electrician from Nice, filed a criminal complaint against Netflix over the description, accusing the company of “provoking discrimination and racial hatred,” his lawyer Jean-Pascal Padovani said.

“The director took the liberty of drawing a line between the North African features of the people he filmed… and religious fundamentalists,” Padovani said.

That the shot was filmed at the scene of one of the worst terror attacks in French history was even more suggestive, he added.

“It’s unacceptable as it suggests that anyone of North African origin is a potential terrorist,” Padovani said.

A spokesperson for Netflix, which was targeted by the complaint as the film’s broadcaster, declined to comment on the matter when contacted by AFP.

It has, however, removed the term “barbus” from the audio description.

Padovani said that his client had received over 80 messages from acquaintances who recognised him in the film, which was shot in 2019 and began streaming on Netflix in March.

Some expressed shock at seeing him depicted as a terrorist, he said.

The complainant is also considering suing Netflix for using his image for commercial purposes without his permission, Padovani said.

Sentinelle was directed by French film-maker Julien Leclercq.