Gunmen kill goldsmith in heart of Paris

Police were seeking two suspects after a 52-year-old employee of a Paris precious metals workshop was killed by gunmen during a break-in on Wednesday.

The victim had encountered two burglars in the interior court of a building housing the shop on Rue des Haudriettes, in the third arrondissement, when he arrived at 7am to start work, police said.

After an apparent struggle, the pair opened fire on the man, according to an online report from Le Parisien.

“We need to be very prudent as to the circumstances — we have only suppositions,” a source close to the investigation told the newspaper.

“But it seems the two burglars had waited for the employer to arrive in order to get in the  shop and he resisted.”

Medics were unable to revive the man who died on the spot.

It appears the suspects, who fled the scene, did not take anything from the shop, located in a building that also houses a daycare centre.

Manuel Vallis, home affairs minister, and Sylvia Pinel, minister for arts and crafts, arrived at the scene of the crime, on a narrow-one way street, where residents were shocked by the news.
“I heard the cries,” a woman resident who lives in the building told Le Parisien.

“The employee was manhandled by two men,” said the resident.

She said that she heard the employee cry out to the men that he did not have keys to the shop.

“Everyone in the neighbourhood knew that he reconditioned gold here.”

The crime suppression squad of the Paris criminal investigation department is investigating the case.

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IN PICTURES: Storms and flash flooding hit Paris

Much of France is on weather alert for storms after last week's heatwave broke and on Tuesday afternoon torrential rain hit Paris, caused flash flooding that has closed some Metro stations.

IN PICTURES: Storms and flash flooding hit Paris

After a week of scorching temperatures France’s heatwave has now broken and Météo France has issued storm warnings for much of the country.

The first affected areas are predicted to be in the south of France, where some areas could see up to 40mm of rain in an hour and winds of up to 100km/h.

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Paris is only under a yellow alert, but when the rain hit late on Tuesday afternoon it was extremely heavy, leading to flash flooding in some streets and Metro stations.

At least 26mm of rain fell in a single hour, according to the weather station at Parc Montsouris, while estimates for the entire duration of the storm are 44mm.

Meanwhile the weather station on the Eiffel Tower registered gusts of wind of 104km/h.

At least eight Metro stations were temporarily closed because of the flooding in the stations, although there do not appear to be any stoppages on any Metro lines, the airport link OrlyVal was briefly halted.

Météo France does not expect major flooding in the Paris region.

Unfortunately the storms are unlikely to alleviate France’s drought – the worst in 60 years – since water from sudden downpours tends to run off parched land, rather than soaking in.