The 55-year-old Dutch woman is alleged to have killed her partner on Friday in the Dordogne region of southern France by a fatal blow of an axe to his neck.
According to French police, the incident took place between 8pm and 9pm at the couple’s home following a violent dispute between the couple.
After being arrested, AFP reports that the woman told officers she wielded the axe after feeling threatened.
After the fight she ran to her neighbour’s house, who then alerted the emergency services. Paramedics were on the scene within minutes but were unable to savethe man.
Neighbours of the couple have been left stunned by the death.
“I’m shocked by what happened,” a neighbour told AFP. “I didn’t hear anything at all, everything was quiet. I used to say hello and goodbye to the woman but I did not speak much with the man, who did not speak French."
The woman remained in police custody over the weekend.
by Naomi Firscht