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Probe after journalist’s torso found in Paris

Police in Paris have been left mystified after a woman’s torso found in the French capital last week was identified as that of a French TV journalist.

Probe after journalist's torso found in Paris
Police are investigating what could have happened to a young female journalist, whose body was found on a Paris street. Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

The decomposed and dismembered body was found in a service duct underneath a street in the 18th arrondissement of Paris on September 24th.

After spending a week trying to identify the body, Paris detectives revealed this week that the torso belonged to a 33-year-old journalist, who has been named as only as Caroline C.   

A murder investigation has been opened, TF1 reports.

According to Metro News, Caroline C had been working for France Television in Cannes, on the French Riviera.

She was reported missing on August 20th, and her employer France 3 and her family both said they had not heard from her in a long time.

According to Le Parisien, the journalist had been on sick leave for several months, due to “psychological problems”.

Police sources also told Le Parisien they are investigating a mysterious burglary at the woman’s home in the 18th arrondissement.

“On September 18th, one or more strangers went into her home to steal her phone, a digital tablet and her purse,” a source close to the case told Le Parisien. “Those close to her thought she had gone back to pick up her things before leaving.”

Police then noticed that a camera, which was not in her apartment several days before the burglary, then mysteriously reappeared.

“The camera is currently being examined, but for the moment we cannot explain this strange fact,” a source told the paper.

The remains of Caroline C were discovered near Bichat hospital, where she had reportedly received treatment for "mood disorders". She was identified only through her fingerprints.

As police try to determine what may have happened to Caroline C, friends and family have paid tribute to the woman, who is originally from Alpes-Maritimes region of southern France.

“She had a huge heart and helped many homeless people. She suffered a lot in this life. She was such a lovely person, always sensitive and always spoke from the heart,” said her father.

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French police shoot dead knife-wielding man at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport

French Border police at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris shot - and killed - man who was wielding a knife in the public area of the airport on Wednesday.

French police shoot dead knife-wielding man at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport

Border police reportedly shot a man with aggressive behaviour who brandished a knife in the public area of the Charles de Gaulle airport outside of Paris, on Wednesday morning, police and airport sources told AFP.

“This morning officers neutralised a threatening individual in possession of a knife at the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport,” the Paris police department said on its Twitter account.

A source close to the investigation told BFMTV that the man – who was likely homeless – went towards the officers, despite being asked several times to put the knife down. In response, police shot the man in the abdomen, and the individual later died.

The incident took place in the busy, public area of terminal 2F around 8:20 am, when “a homeless man started bothering security agents and border police were called in to remove him”.

Initially the man left while yelling curses but he soon returned and brought out a knife, when one of the officers fired his weapon.

An AFP photographer who witnessed the scene said “a large person of colour brandished something that looked like a knife at the police”.

“He was ordered to stop but kept advancing toward them, and an officer fired a single shot.”

The man was quickly put on a stretcher and evacuated, the photographer said. 

Security forces have been on high alert for terrorist attacks since a wave of jihadist killings that have killed more than 250 people since 2015, often by so-called “lone wolves” who often target police.

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