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French murderer back after ‘holiday’ from jail

A French murderer has kept his promise and returned to a Swiss jail after escaping because he needed 'some air.' He'd promised in a letter to his mum to behave while on the lam.

French murderer back after 'holiday' from jail
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A French murderer who escaped from a Swiss prison this week, leaving a letter vowing to turn himself back in after taking a few days off, has kept his promise, authorities said Friday.

The 38-year-old man, who had been serving part of a 15-year sentence for the brutal murder of a prostitute at a semi-open Geneva penal institution, sparked an international manhunt when he failed to return on Sunday after spending the day working outside the prison.

In a letter addressed to his mother, he had explained that he needed four to five days of freedom and vowed to turn himself in once he had taken "some air".

"I will behave while I'm on the lam," he promised in the letter, his lawyer told AFP.

Keeping his promise, he walked back into the prison late Thursday, Geneva authorities said in a statement.

"As he himself had announced in advance, the resident presented himself last night to the establishment that he had failed to return to four nights earlier," the statement said.

The man, who was found guilty in 2005 of stabbing a prostitute 110 times, was denied an early conditional release in March.

Following his absence, the man will be transferred to a closed facility, but his sentence, set to last through 2019, will not be prolonged, authorities said.

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PARIS

Paris police rescue handbag robber from river Seine

Paris police on Tuesday fished a man out of the Seine river, which he jumped into after he rammed a car into a Valentino store and robbed dozens of luxury handbags.

Paris police rescue handbag robber from river Seine

The 24-year-old suspect smashed into the store around 2am on the high-end Rue Saint-Honoré, a police source said.

He grabbed as many as 30 luxury handbags and other items before attempting to flee in the car.

The man then failed to stop when a police patrol gave chase after spotting him near the central Paris Opéra.

He abandoned the car on Place de la Concorde at the end of the Champs-Elysées, the police source said, before plunging into the nearby river Seine.

But river police quickly fished him out and placed him under arrest.

A source familiar with the case said that the “entirety” of the stolen items had been found.

A second source told AFP that “around 30” handbags – which Valentino lists on its website at between €1,000 and €3,000 – were found in his car.

The suspect now faces an investigation for charges including aggravated robbery and refusal to comply with police, Paris prosecutors said.

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