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Serial arsonist plagues Brittany village

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18:06 CET+01:00
A picturesque Breton holiday village is being terrorized by an arsonist who has struck eight times over the last year, with the local priest's house being the latest target, officials said on Monday.

Larmor-Baden has seen four holiday homes, a brasserie, a postal worker's residence and a garage go up in smoke since December last year.

Last weekend the priest's house, which was up for sale, was burned to the ground.

"The time has come for a name to be put on this arsonist.

This has to stop," said Denis Bertholom, the mayor of the seaside village of around 800 inhabitants.

Larmor-Baden lies in the Gulf of Morbihan on the south coast of Brittany.

Police said the fire-raiser targeted empty buildings only.

Local prosecutors said a "complicated investigation" was under way but declined to provide any details on the lines of inquiry they were pursuing.

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