‘Kleptomaniac’ French doc stole from the dead

Doctors are occasionally accused of abusing their position of trust, but surely the actions of one kleptomaniac doctor in the French city of Lyon will be hard to beat.

'Kleptomaniac' French doc stole from the dead
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If you carried out a public survey to find out the most trustworthy professionals, you would think that doctors would be somewhere near the top.

But police in Lyon have revealed details of a shocking incident that might change many people’s minds.

According to French news site Le Point, a rogue doctor, who has not been named, was arrested last week on suspicion of stealing from a dead man.

On Thursday August 8th, police were called by firefighters to a house in the 7th arrondissement of Lyon where a 65-year-old man had been found dead.

The man, who had died a few days previously, was found with his wallet and identity card in his pocket. Police then called a doctor to the apartment to certify the death.

But after the doctor had left the police noticed some of the the dead man’s personal belongings, including some money were missing.

The police officers present were searched at the scene, but they were quickly ruled out of the probe.

Suspicion then immediately fell on the doctor, and he was arrested by police the following morning.

According to Le Point, the doctor owned up to the theft immediately. He said he had stolen the man’s identity card when he took it to write out the man’s death certificate. He also reportedly admitted pilfering €100 when he was left alone in the man’s kitchen.

Police however, fear the theft was simply the tip of the iceberg, after the dodgy doc reportedly told officers he has been a kleptomaniac since childhood.

Officers have now launched a full probe into the doctor to determine if he has stolen items belonging to other deceased members of the public.

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In Pictures: Lyon street food festival pulls in crowds and a star chef

Mauro Colagreco, the multiple award-winning Italian-Argentinian chef, joined 80 of his fellow cooks on Saturday to serve food at the Lyon Street Food Festival in southeast France.

In Pictures: Lyon street food festival pulls in crowds and a star chef
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Colagreco, the chef at the Mirazur in Menton on France's ritzy Cote d'Azur, is the only foreign chef working in France to have been awarded three stars in the Michelin guide.

In June, his restaurant was named the best in the world by an influential trade list, the World's 50 Best Restaurants.



But on Saturday he was serving up dishes in one of Lyon's squares, at the fourth edition of this four-day event.

He was joined by chefs from around the world, with professionals coming from Canada, Turkey and four destinations specially featured at this year's festival: Kobe, Hong Kong, Madrid and Finland.

Those attending only had to pay four or five euros ($4.40-5.50) for their meals.

Colagreco served portions of Galician squid with new potatoes and vegetables in a Mexican Pico de Gallo style.



“It wasn't easy, precisely because we use quality products, like squid, which are fairly expensive products,” he said.

“But we always manage — especially when we do them in large quantities — to get to an acceptable price,” he said.

Other Michelin-starred chefs taking part included Romain Meder, chef of the Plaza Athenee in Paris; Mathieu Vianney, chef of the Mere Brazier in Lyon; and Serge Vieira, who cooks at the Chaudes-Aigues in the central French town of Cantal.

Emeric Richard, co-organiser of the festival, said the event was about introducing great cooking in a simple way to the general public.


The organisers even asked this year's participants to serve slightly larger portions. That way, visitors could have a three-course meal with drinks for no more than 20 euros.

The festival attracted 24,000 people last year.