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Man kills father, brother in Alp village shooting

A 23-year-old man killed his father and 8-year-old brother, and left his 17-year-old brother in a coma after a shooting spree in the village of Bozel in Savoie in eastern France.

Man kills father, brother in Alp village shooting
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The shootings took place late Thursday afternoon at the family home in the quiet Alpine village.

The teenager was hit in the head and was transported in a coma to hospital in Grenoble, according to the Le Parisien newspaper.

The man's mother, who was also subjected to an attack, managed to evade the gunfire and call the emergency services for help.

The 23-year-old was arrested at the family home and taken away for questioning by police in Albertville. His brother will be questioned if and when he awakes from his coma.

Little is known of the background to the attack. The newspaper reports only that the father worked within the construction industry and that there was ongoing tension with his eldest son.

A handgun is reported to have been recovered at the property.

The attacks took place on the same day as the funeral in Auxerre of a mother, grandmother and two children who were killed in their sleep by their father last week before he committed suicide.

While the investigation into the deaths is ongoing, it has been reported that the father was having trouble at work.

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French tycoon fined €150k for harming tortoises

Corsican construction tycoon Patrick Rocca was fined €150,000 on Tuesday for harming protected tortoises on a building site even after officials told him to stop.

French tycoon fined €150k for harming tortoises

Six dead specimens of a species known as Hermann’s tortoise and another “fatally wounded” animal were found when officers from France’s biodiversity agency inspected the worksite in December 2019.

Around 3.5 hectares of the habitat just outside the Mediterranean island’s capital Ajaccio were disturbed and 2.8 hectares destroyed, the inspectors found, calling for the work to be halted.

But Rocca’s Fortimmo company – one of the largest employers on the French Mediterranean island, with around 1,000 local workers – continued construction, with more dead tortoises found a few days later.

His conviction for mutilation and unauthorised destruction of a protected animal species and their habitat follows a court ruling against Fortimmo, which had to pay a €500,000 fine, and a total of €530,000 in damages.

Rocca’s lawyer Philippe Gatti called the punishments “excessive”.

Corsica is one of the last places where Hermann’s tortoises – the only species native to France – still live in the wild.

They are protected by France and the European Union as well as internationally.

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