Police in southern France on Wednesday detained two teenagers after a nine year-old boy was shot dead, prosecutor Samuel Finielz told AFP.

"/> Police in southern France on Wednesday detained two teenagers after a nine year-old boy was shot dead, prosecutor Samuel Finielz told AFP.

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Two teens held after nine-year-old shot dead

Police in southern France on Wednesday detained two teenagers after a nine year-old boy was shot dead, prosecutor Samuel Finielz told AFP.

Two teens held after nine-year-old shot dead
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The fatal shooting in the southern town of Mende appears to have been an accident, though ballistic tests and an autopsy must still be carried out, the prosecutor said.

These tests, according to Finielz, would among other things show whether the bullet had ricocheted off a wall before killing the child, rather than hitting him directly.

A 13-year-old boy is suspected of firing the shot, while a 15-year-old was being questioned on suspicion that he tried to hide the weapon after the deadly incident.

The two teenagers were known to police and live in the same building as the shooting victim’s family.

Finielz said the three boys often played together, and that the two who were detained were “devastated” by the shooting death.

The nine-year-old victim, whom neighbours said was called David, was shot in the chest by a 0.22 bullet, the calibre used by many air pistols.

Police sealed off the area and an autopsy was to be carried out on Thursday.

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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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