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Murder suspect ‘drank homeless man’s blood’

Police in Paris were investigating a grisly murder on Monday after a man allegedly admitted stabbing to death a homeless Frenchman, before drinking his blood.

Murder suspect 'drank homeless man's blood'
A man has admitted stabbing to death a homeless man before drinking his blood. Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

French police on Sunday arrested a 22-year-old who said he killed a homeless man in a northwestern Paris suburb and drank his blood, officials said.

Police and judicial sources said the man was arrested around 4:00 am (0300 GMT) in Colombes which is located near La Défense, Paris's business district.

The victim, whose throat was slit and whose corpse bore multiple stab wounds, was found in an underground parking lot. He was a French national aged 49.

"The accused claimed to have drunk the blood of his victim but we have nothing at present that can back this up," a police source said.

The suspect had bloodstained clothes and had been taken to hospital for an injury.

According to the investigators, the victim told passersby he had committed a murder. During questioning by police, he repeated the statement in English.

Investigators said the man could be Lithuanian but added that they were checking his nationality as he did not have his passport or any identity papers on him.

Earlier this year The Local reported the similarly shocking incident of a homeless man, a former French soldier, who is suspected of killing a 90-year-old villager, before ripping out his heart and tongue with the intention of eating them.

The grisly attack took place in the tranquil village of Nouilhan (pictured below), south west France.

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How France plans to prevents youngsters accessing online pornography

France is set to announce new measures this week to prevent youngsters from accessing porn websites, in the latest round of a years-long struggle to protect children from explicit material.

How France plans to prevents youngsters accessing online pornography

“I plan to put an end to this scandal,” Digital Affairs Minister Jean-Noel Barrot told the Parisien newspaper on Monday.

France’s data protection and media regulators Cnil and Arcom are set to announce their latest proposals to rein in porn websites which are in theory subject to a 2020 law requiring age verification.

Previous attempts have been held up by privacy and technical concerns, as well as court action by the websites.

To its frustration last September, a Paris court ordered Arcom to enter into mediation with several porn websites including market leader Pornhub, holding up efforts to block them.

READ MORE: France hits Google and Facebook with huge fines over ‘cookies’

Under the new proposal, people wanting to access explicit material will need to download a phone application that provides them with a digital certificate and code, the Parisien reported.

The code will be needed to access a porn website under a system “which will work a bit like the checks from your bank when you buy something online,” Barrot told the newspaper.

“2023 will mark the end of our children accessing pornographic sites,” he added.

President Emmanuel Macron, who is married to former school teacher Brigitte Macron, promised to make protecting children from porn a priority during his bid for re-election last year.

In November, he launched the Children Online Protection Laboratory, an initiative that aims to bring together industry giants and researchers to look for ways to shield minors online.

In September last year, a report entitled “Hell Behind the Scenes” by French senators concluded that there was “massive, ordinary and toxic” viewing of porn by children.

The report found that two thirds of children aged 15 or less had seen pornographic content.

The French production industry has been roiled by a series of sexual assault cases in recent years in which women have come forward to allege rape, mistreatment and manipulation by directors and fellow actors.

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