A 33-year-old British man hired as gardener by a rich Briton living in the south-west French region of Dordogne went on trial here on Tuesday accused of killing his employer.

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Murder trial of Briton in Dordogne opens

A 33-year-old British man hired as gardener by a rich Briton living in the south-west French region of Dordogne went on trial here on Tuesday accused of killing his employer.

The 67-year-old victim was Peter Fuller, a former engineer at French energy giant Total, who lived on a large property in Plaisance where he had hoped to build a golf course.

He was found stabbed to death in his home by his ex-wife and a friend in June 2009.

The investigation quickly focused on the accused Neil Ludlam, a cricket player with no prior criminal record, who had been hired three weeks before the killing as a gardener.

After fleeing to Britain, Ludlam was extradited back to France where he admitted to authorities that he had had a violent fight with his employer, but did not admit to using a knife on him.

According to his lawyer Philippe De Caunes, the argument flared when Fuller told Ludlam that he wanted to have sex with his mother and he “saw red.”

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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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