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Thirteen firemen detained in gang rape inquiry

Thirteen firefighters have been detained after a younger recruit alleges he was raped by colleagues in a packed bus. 

A 23-year-old recruit says he was raped by his colleagues during a hazing ritual that turned brutal, news portal France Soir reports. The victim, who belongs to the prestigious Paris firefighters’ brigade, says his colleagues attacked him in front of witnesses in a packed bus. 

The recent recruit says he was called to the back of the bus where he was forced to take part in an abusive hazing ritual. In a complaint to the police, he said his abusers slapped his buttocks, pressed him to the ground before raping him with a plastic bottle.  

The alleged assault took place in a bus that was carrying thirty firefighters back from a gymnastics competition in the town of Colmar. The assault has reportedly been filmed on a mobile phone.  

In an interview with the newswire AFP, the spokesperson representing Paris firefighters  Pascal Le Testu refused to comment on the incident and says two investigations are underway. 

The young recruit has lodged a complaint for gang rape and assault.

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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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