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Love-sick sprayer goes on citywide graffiti spree

A love-struck vandal has sprayed two kilometres worth of graffiti in the northern town of Caen in a bid to let a girl called Manon know that he or she was desperately in love with her.

"I love you Manon", "I’m nothing without you", and even "bite me": these are the words an unknown lover has sprayed all over Caen.

Nothing was spared as the smitten artist covered a two-kilometre stretch with messages and little yellow and pink hearts. Bus stops, benches, walls, bins, lampposts and even a roadside cross all felt the warm spray of love, newspaper Ouest France reports.

Police have itemized some 40 new instances of graffiti in the city's right bank district and believe the amorous scribbler hit the streets overnight on July 14th, Bastille Day.

"We’ve started receiving complaints from residents," said deputy mayor Jean-Louis Touzé in an interview with local paper Côté Caen.

The city's clean-up squads have been kept busy this week trying to rid the town's walls of the passionate scrawls.

If caught, the love-sick culprit will face a fine of €3,750 ($4,600) and will have to perform community service.

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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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