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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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France charges widow 27 years after husband found beheaded

French authorities on Thursday charged a woman with involvement in the murder of her husband almost 27 years after he was found beheaded in a crime that has remained unsolved ever since.

France charges widow 27 years after husband found beheaded

Christophe Doire, 28, was found beheaded on Christmas Day, 1995 around the town of Busset in the Auvergne region of central France.

Regional prosecutor Eric Neveu said the widow, 56, who has not been named, had been detained on Tuesday and then charged Thursday by a magistrate and remanded in custody.

“Serious and concurring evidence points to her involvement in the murder of Christophe Doire,” he told reporters, adding she had been charged with murder and risked 30 years in prison if convicted.

“The investigations must continue to identify and arrest other protagonists,” he said, noting that elements suggested that the woman was “not alone during this process”.

He made clear it was not possible to make other information public at this stage but said she had failed to give “credible explanations”.

The move comes after Doire’s body was exhumed in April in order to carry out new tests. Neveu made clear that during interrogation the widow had denied any involvement in the killing.

Doire had disappeared on December 16th, 1985 after spending the evening at his brother’s. He left shortly before midnight, saying he was going hunting the next day.

His car was found but there was no sign of him until his body was found in a ditch by hunters. He was identified due to his papers and clothes he had on him.

Cases were twice opened against suspects, in 2000 and 2002, but they were dropped on both occasions and the crime has for years remained one of France’s most notorious cold cases.

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