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French prisoners riot after inmate found dead

Ben McPartland · 19 Aug 2013, 14:19

Published: 19 Aug 2013 14:19 GMT+02:00

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The uprising, believed to involve around 60 prisoners, kicked off at around midday at a detention centre in the town of Blois in the Loir-et-Cher of central France.

According to reports in the French press, the prisoners began ransacking an area of the jail after a fellow inmate was found dead in his cell early the morning.

A doctor diagnosed the cause of death as an aneurysm, but prisoners believed there was a more sinister reason.

Authorities drafted in specialist riot officers to deal with the disturbance and by mid -afternoon reported that the mutiny was over.

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"The inmates are going to be put back in their cells.  Checks and inspections are continuing," said David Daems,  National Secretary of FO Penitentiary.

Ben McPartland (ben.mcpartland@thelocal.com)

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