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Mum of drowned toddler charged with murder

The mother of a toddler who was found dead in northern France has been charged for first-degree murder, her lawyer said, after the accused herself admitted to killing the 15-month-old child.

Mum of drowned toddler charged with murder
Residents of Berck-sur-Mer pay homage to the dead toddler found on the beach. Photo: Francois Lo Presti

"She was charged for first-degree murder, that is, premeditated murder," lawyer Fabienne Roy-Nansion said.

The woman was arrested in a Paris suburb on Friday, nine days after a public appeal for her whereabouts following the November 20 discovery of the
girl's body on a beach in northern France.

Prosecutors say the woman has admitted that she travelled with her daughter to the coastal town of Berck-sur-Mer with the intention of killing her.

"She left the child alive on the beach as the tide was rising," said the prosecutor in a statement.

The body of the girl was found by fishermen and an autopsy suggests that she drowned.

"She realises what she has done," said the woman's lawyer. "She expresses remorse" and "is not trying to find excuses," she added.

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French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

France’s Economy Minister has praised the work of Bordeaux law officers, after they seized more than 2.4 tonnes of cannabis resin with an estimated street value in excess of €19 million.

French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

Bruno Le Maire and Minister Delegate in charge of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal in a joint statement: “Once again, Customs distinguished itself with an exceptional seizure of cannabis, recalling its key role in the fight against drug trafficking. We congratulate the customs officers for their daily commitment to the protection of our fellow citizens.”

Two people were taken into custody after officers stopped a lorry from Spain on the A63, near the Saugnac-et-Muret toll area, just south of Bordeaux, on Monday.

According to Le Figaro, the drugs were hidden in side compartments of the lorry, and concealed by its stated load of wheat, and were discovered by a sniffer dog during the stop.

In total, 2,414.8kg of cannabis resin and 9.75kg of cannabis herb were intercepted by the Bordeaux brigade, with an estimated value of more than €19 million on the illicit market.

Since the end of July, 2022, Customs officials have seized nearly 73 tonnes of drugs, including 41.2 tonnes of cannabis.

The French drugs squad is now investigating to determine the point of origin of the drugs, as well as their destination and the crime network behind the smuggling attempt.

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