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Police foil teen girls’ plot to wipe-out family

French police have unearthed a shocking plot by two school girls to wipe out the family of one of the teens. The girls did not just stop at the planning stage and took a knife to the six-year-old brother.

Police foil teen girls' plot to wipe-out family
French girls plotted to wipe out family. Photo: AFP

Two French girls aged 13 were charged on Wednesday with plotting to kill the entire family of one of the teens, as prosecutors expressed horror at the nature of the plan.

"It's the first time that I and my colleagues have come across a murder plan drawn up by two girls who are so young," said David Charmatz, the prosecutor of Narbonne.

The girls, who lived in a sleepy village near the southern city of Narbonne, were arrested after a knife attack on six-year-old brother of one of them raised suspicion among hospital staff who alerted authorities.

The boy is still in hospital after the March 28 attack, but not in a serious condition. He was stabbed in the neck.

The two girls confessed to planning to kill the boy and one of the teen's parents, and appeared to have no remorse and have not explained their motives, police and prosecutors said.

They have both been charged with attempted murder.

According to reports in France the school were the "middle class" girls attended had become concerned after noticing the girls had shown signs of self-harming. They have both been placed in the care of the state far from their families, France Info reported.

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POLITICS

French minister apologises for Champions League chaos

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on Tuesday made a partial apology for chaos at last month's Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool in Paris, while insisting fake tickets and "delinquency" were mostly to blame.

French minister apologises for Champions League chaos

“Should things have been managed better at the Stade de France (stadium)? The answer is yes. Am I partly responsible? The answer is yes,” Darmanin told RTL radio.

“Of course, I readily apologise towards everyone who suffered from this bad management of the event,” he added.

After scenes of fans crowded into tight spaces and being tear-gassed by police caused outrage around Europe, Darmanin poured fuel on the fire by blaming supporters with fake tickets for the disruption.

UEFA events director Martin Kallen last week told French senators investigating the fiasco that the football body’s count of fake tickets was far short of the tens of thousands claimed by French authorities.

“We don’t believe it’s the number mentioned in France,” he said, adding that 2,600 fake tickets were identified at turnstiles — compared with the number of 30,000 to 40,000 people with fake tickets and without tickets suggested by Darmanin.

“It was a question of fake tickets… that created the difficulties we all know about” of large crowds of fans packed into underpasses or outside locked gates, Darmanin insisted Tuesday.

He added that “if there was something that went wrong at the Stade de France, it was the fight against delinquency”, saying he had already ordered a reorganisation of policing around the venue and that three major matches since had passed without incident.

While some supporters did report being victims of crime by gangs of youths before and after the match, there were also many complaints about police treatment of fans.

Disabled Liverpool fans last week told the Senate how officers sprayed tear gas at people in wheelchairs.

The English supporters have reacted with particular fury to Darmanin’s defence of the French police’s actions.

“People’s memories will forever be tarred by the lack of organisation and heavy-handed policing, and then of course the way authorities tried to deflect blame and scapegoat Liverpool fans for their incompetence,” Liverpool mayor Steve Rotheram told AFP earlier this month.

CCTV footage from around the stadium has also been deleted despite the Senate probe.

A government report published earlier this month said a “chain of failures” by French authorities has inflicted “severe damage” on the image of the country as it prepares to host the Olympic Games in 2024.

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