Paris man shot dead at dinner in restaurant

A 38-year-old man has been shot dead while eating dinner at a Chinese restaurant in Paris, it was reported on Tuesday. Some 20 fellow diners were left shocked by the killing.

Paris man shot dead at dinner in restaurant
A 38-year-old man was shot dead while eating dinner at a Chinese restaurant in the 20th arrondissement of Paris on Monday night. File photo: Mike Fitzsimon

The victim was sitting down to dinner at the ‘Cheval d’Or’ on rue des Panoyeaux on Monday night when an armed assailant burst into the Chinese restaurant at around 10.30pm French time.

To the horror of 20 or so fellow diners, the gunman opened fire, shooting his target three times as he ate, before fleeing the establishment, in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, in a Renault Mégane.

Emergency services were immediately called to the scene of the crime, but were unable to revive the 38-year-old victim, who was having a heart attack when they arrived.

The perpetrator’s vehicle was later found burnt-out in the Parisian suburb of Seine Saint-Denis.

According to police sources cited by French television TF1, the Algerian-born victim was well-known to police for his alleged involvement in acts of violence, extortion, and drug trafficking.

For this reason, investigators’ chief line of inquiry is into the possibility of gangland revenge as a motive for the killing.

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Pensioner held over murder on French nudist beach

A 75-year-old man has been arrested in France over a murder on a well-known nudist beach outside the southeastern city of Lyon, prosecutors said.

Pensioner held over murder on French nudist beach

The victim, aged 46, was killed on Saturday at the La Mama beach on a lake in the Lyon suburb of Miribel, regional prosecutors said.

The 75-year-old is suspected of shooting the victim multiple times in the bushes nearby following a dispute that arose after the younger man allegedly exposed himself in front of a woman, they added.

The regional daily Le Progres said that the suspect is a member of a shooting club and legally possesses a calibre 22 rifle. The victim was known to the police, it said.

The Le Parisien daily added that according to its information the victim had been a cause of trouble on the beach all Saturday morning with tensions rising to a peak when he began to masturbate in front of a woman.

An altercation ensued at which point the septuagenarian reached for his gun.

Le Progres said that at the peak of the summer season the beach — well known to Lyon’s inhabitants — was operating as normal on Sunday.

Participants in the World Naked Bike Ride France arrived even as police carried out investigations and images showed naked bathers enjoying the hot weather.