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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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POLICE

France vows to tackle motorbike ‘rodeos’ after children injured

The French government has pledged a new crackdown against illicit motorbike cruising by youths in suburbs across the country, after two children were seriously injured by a rider near Paris.

France vows to tackle motorbike 'rodeos' after children injured

The rowdy late-night races and stunts known as “rodeos” have become increasingly popular in particular in low-income neighbourhoods, leading to complaints about traffic and noise from local officials and many residents.

On Friday evening, a 10-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy were hit by a rider while playing tag outside their home in Pontoise, northwest of the capital.

French daily Le Figaro reported on Monday that the girl suffered a blow to the head and remained in serious condition in hospital, while the boy had a broken leg.

The accident came after a 19-year-old man was killed in June after being hit by a bike rider in the western city of Rennes.

“I have asked the police to step up their interventions this month,” Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said in the southern city of Marseille.

Nonetheless the rodeos are often tolerated or defended as a gritty urban subculture that provides an outlet for disaffected youths, with an upcoming film, “Rodeo”, that appears to glorify the gatherings and  generated a strong buzz at the Cannes film festival last May.

Police have carried out 8,000 operations to break up rodeos in the past two months, leading to 1,200 arrests and the seizure of around 700 motorbikes and other vehicles including all-terrain “quads”.

In 2018, parliament passed a law increasing penalties for the riders to up to five years in prison.

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