Tribute to British woman found dead in Brittany

The grieving family of Susan White (pictured) whose body was found by a roadside in Brittany paid tribute to her on Friday, saying they can only hope the truth emerges about how she died. Her husband David (also pictured) has been charged with her murder.

Tribute to British woman found dead in Brittany
Davis and Susan White on their wedding day (right) THe road near where Mrs White's body was found on Monday. Photo: Linda Johnson/Google Maps

Mr. White was charged by French police with his wife's murder on Thursday, three days after her body was found by the side of the remote road between Guingamp and Tréguier. The 51-year-old had suffered a fractured skull.

The family of Mrs White have spoken of their "shock" at news of her death as well as on being told that her husband had been charged with her murder.

"It is so surreal, this is the kind of thing that happens to other people," Mrs White's sister Linda Johnson told a regional newspaper in Paignton, Devon where Mrs White was originally from.

They also sent a statement to The Local in which they paid tribute to Mrs White, who they described as a "loveable person" with a "good heart", who enjoyed a "happy life in France".

"Susan was a cheerful, loveable person who would help anyone," the statement read.

"Her good heart and nature was often taken advantage of by others but finally we were all so happy that she had found a good and happy life in France.

"She loved her animals and was very proud of growing her own food in her garden. In fact, she even sent us all some seeds one year so we could all grow something. Such a simple gesture which portrayed how happy she was.

"She will be missed by her mother, sisters and by all who knew her."

Mrs White's family said their only hope now is that the truth will emerge as to how she lost her life.

"Susan who could not harm anyone or anything had her life tragically cut short.

"We can only hope that the reality of what happened will surface and if someone is responsible, they are held accountable," the statement said.

On Friday the family also released photos of the couple on their wedding day, before they moved to Brittany around seven years ago.

(David White (left) with Susan White (bottom right) and her mother Jill Thorne.

The sister Linda also spoke of their unease when Mrs White announced she was moving to France with her husband.

"She led a life that we would not have chosen for her but there comes a point in an adult life where you have to respect her wishes," she said.

David White was charged with murder after he was he found to be incoherent in his testimony when questioned by the police, local prosecutor Gerard Zaug told the AFP on Thursday.

Traces of blood have been found near a van belonging to David White, according to investigators.

Mr. White was released on bail but has reportedly been barred by police from returning to the couple's home in the village of Trégonneau. He is believed to be staying with friends.

On Thursday, Mrs. White's family had appealed for any information that could help explain how she died. Her sister told The Local they were desperate to find out what had happened to her.

“This has obviously shocked us all,” her sister Linda Johnson told The Local. “We are just trying to keep things together."

“If there is anyone who might have information on what happened to Susan then please come forward. That’s all we can ask at this moment in time,” she added.

Mrs. White’s body was spotted by passing motorists, who called emergency services. A post-mortem carried out the next day revealed that she had died from a fractured skull, but it could not determine what had caused the head injury.

Reports in the French press claimed her body was covered in bruises.

It is believed Mrs. White moved to Brittany with her husband around ten years ago to begin a new life in France.

“My mother spoke to her just a couple of weeks ago and she seemed absolutely fine,” said her sister.

Mrs. White's auntie, Jeanette Wilton, who also lives in Brittany, was the first to hear about her niece's death.

"One of their friends just phoned me and she said David had asked her to phone me and ask us what we wanted to do about the funeral and that he was in police custody," Mrs. Wilton told The Local.

"The last time I saw her was in March. I remember she really clung to me. I think she was missing her mum and her sisters back home in the UK."

Mrs. White's family now must wait until police release her body before they can organize any funeral arrangements.

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French minister apologises for Champions League chaos

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on Tuesday made a partial apology for chaos at last month's Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool in Paris, while insisting fake tickets and "delinquency" were mostly to blame.

French minister apologises for Champions League chaos

“Should things have been managed better at the Stade de France (stadium)? The answer is yes. Am I partly responsible? The answer is yes,” Darmanin told RTL radio.

“Of course, I readily apologise towards everyone who suffered from this bad management of the event,” he added.

After scenes of fans crowded into tight spaces and being tear-gassed by police caused outrage around Europe, Darmanin poured fuel on the fire by blaming supporters with fake tickets for the disruption.

UEFA events director Martin Kallen last week told French senators investigating the fiasco that the football body’s count of fake tickets was far short of the tens of thousands claimed by French authorities.

“We don’t believe it’s the number mentioned in France,” he said, adding that 2,600 fake tickets were identified at turnstiles — compared with the number of 30,000 to 40,000 people with fake tickets and without tickets suggested by Darmanin.

“It was a question of fake tickets… that created the difficulties we all know about” of large crowds of fans packed into underpasses or outside locked gates, Darmanin insisted Tuesday.

He added that “if there was something that went wrong at the Stade de France, it was the fight against delinquency”, saying he had already ordered a reorganisation of policing around the venue and that three major matches since had passed without incident.

While some supporters did report being victims of crime by gangs of youths before and after the match, there were also many complaints about police treatment of fans.

Disabled Liverpool fans last week told the Senate how officers sprayed tear gas at people in wheelchairs.

The English supporters have reacted with particular fury to Darmanin’s defence of the French police’s actions.

“People’s memories will forever be tarred by the lack of organisation and heavy-handed policing, and then of course the way authorities tried to deflect blame and scapegoat Liverpool fans for their incompetence,” Liverpool mayor Steve Rotheram told AFP earlier this month.

CCTV footage from around the stadium has also been deleted despite the Senate probe.

A government report published earlier this month said a “chain of failures” by French authorities has inflicted “severe damage” on the image of the country as it prepares to host the Olympic Games in 2024.