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Family of four found dead in Bordeaux hotel room

Neighbours have been left shocked after the bodies of an entire family were discovered in a hotel room in the south-western city of Bordeaux on Monday. A man and woman in their 40s were found hanged next to two teenagers lying in a bed.

Family of four found dead in Bordeaux hotel room
The City Résidence hotel in the Chartrons neighbourhood of Bordeaux, where a family of four, including two teenage children, were found dead on August 19th. Photo: Jean-Pierre Mueller/AFP

A police source told AFP the bodies of a 45-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman were found hanging after an apparent suicide in a room on the third floor of the hotel, named as City Résidence by French daily Le Parisien.

Alongside them were the bodies of two teenagers, aged 13 and 16, lying in a bed.

The causes of death of the teenagers were not immediately clear and no further details about their identities were available. 

Regional daily Sud Ouest, however, claims that the children had been been drugged before dying, and French daily Le Parisien said the teenagers had been "visibly poisoned."

A police source said the bodies were found after 12.30 pm on Monday and that a note had been left on the hotel room door reading: "Do not enter, call the police." 

The source said the two adults had left a suicide note.

The family, believed to have been from Quimper, in Brittany, had been staying in the 80-room hotel in the Chartrons neighbourhood of Bordeaux since August 11th.

One neighbour expressed her shock, speaking to Le Parisien. "This is a very calm neighbourhood, and we see a lot of holiday-makers around here," said Liliana, who lives in a building next door to the hotel.

"This is really shocking. We heard nothing, and then when we saw the emergency services, we asked ourselves what had happened."

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French court convicts 8 for stealing Banksy from Paris terror attack site

A French court on Thursday convicted eight men for the theft and handling of a Banksy painting paying homage to the victims of the 2015 attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris.

French court convicts 8 for stealing Banksy from Paris terror attack site

Three men in their 30s who admitted to the 2019 theft were given prison sentences, one of four years and two of three, although they will be able to serve them wearing electronic tracking bracelets rather than behind bars.

Another man, a 41-year-old millionaire lottery winner and street art fan accused of being the mastermind of the heist, was given three years in jail for handling stolen goods after judges found the main allegation unproven. His sentence will also be served with a bracelet.

Elsewhere in the capital, the defence was making its final arguments in the trial of the surviving suspects in the 2015 Paris attacks themselves, with a verdict expected on June 29.

‘Acted like vultures’¬†

British street artist Banksy painted his “sad girl” stencil on the metal door of the Bataclan in memory of the 90 people killed there on November 13th, 2015.

A white van with concealed number-plates was seen stopping on January 26, 2019 in an alleyway running alongside the central Paris music venue.

Many concertgoers fled via the same alley when the Bataclan became the focal point of France’s worst ever attacks since World War II, as Islamic State group jihadists killed 130 people at a string of sites across the capital.

On the morning of the theft, three masked men climbed out of the van, cut the hinges with angle grinders powered by a generator and left within 10 minutes, in what an investigating judge called a “meticulously prepared” heist.

Prosecutor Valerie Cadignan told the court earlier this month that the perpetrators had not sought to debase the memory of the attack victims, but “being aware of the priceless value of the door were looking to make a profit”.

She said the thieves “acted like vultures, like people who steal objects without any respect for what they might represent”.

During the trial, Bataclan staff said the theft sparked “deep indignation”, adding that the painted door was a “symbol of remembrance that belongs to everyone, locals, Parisians, citizens of the world”.

Investigators pieced together the door’s route across France and into Italy, where it was found in June 2020 on a farm in Sant’Omero, near the Adriatic coast.

Three men involved in transporting the door were each jailed for 10 months, while a 58-year-old Italian man who owns a hotel where it was temporarily stored received a six-month suspended sentence.

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