Police arrested an Indian businessman in connection with the murder of a French woman in a New Delhi guesthouse located in a rundown district popular with backpackers, an official said on Monday.

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Indian suspect arrested in French tourist murder

Police arrested an Indian businessman in connection with the murder of a French woman in a New Delhi guesthouse located in a rundown district popular with backpackers, an official said on Monday.

The body of the 34-year-old woman had been found in an advanced state of decomposition last week in Paharganj, a favourite haunt of budget travellers near the capital’s main train station.

Police official Devesh Chandra Srivastava told AFP the suspect had booked the guesthouse room in which the victim’s body had been discovered.

He was the owner of a handicrafts shop in the area and had apparently fled before being arrested by police Sunday in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, Srivastava said.

“We have yet to interrogate him properly,” he added.

The victim has not been formally identified, but the Times of India quoted her sister as saying she was a schoolteacher who had arrived in India on March 19th.

The cause of death has also to be confirmed, although several media reports suggest she was strangled.

New Delhi is widely perceived as an unsafe city for women with official data showing that among the 35 biggest cities in the country, it has the largest numbers of crime cases against women.

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PARIS

Paris police rescue handbag robber from river Seine

Paris police on Tuesday fished a man out of the Seine river, which he jumped into after he rammed a car into a Valentino store and robbed dozens of luxury handbags.

Paris police rescue handbag robber from river Seine

The 24-year-old suspect smashed into the store around 2am on the high-end Rue Saint-Honoré, a police source said.

He grabbed as many as 30 luxury handbags and other items before attempting to flee in the car.

The man then failed to stop when a police patrol gave chase after spotting him near the central Paris Opéra.

He abandoned the car on Place de la Concorde at the end of the Champs-Elysées, the police source said, before plunging into the nearby river Seine.

But river police quickly fished him out and placed him under arrest.

A source familiar with the case said that the “entirety” of the stolen items had been found.

A second source told AFP that “around 30” handbags – which Valentino lists on its website at between €1,000 and €3,000 – were found in his car.

The suspect now faces an investigation for charges including aggravated robbery and refusal to comply with police, Paris prosecutors said.

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