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Paris couple found in flat with throats slit

A woman, who was reportedly pregnant, was found dead with her throat slit in a Paris apartment on Friday while her partner was left in a critical condition. An electric sander was found running beside their bodies.

Paris couple found in flat with throats slit
Photo: AFP
The police made the horrific find in an apartment on Rue de Bua in the 20th arrondissement, eastern Paris, on Friday morning.
 
The woman was several months pregnant, according to numerous reports in the French media. She had lacerations all over her body.
 
The man, believed to be her partner had also had his throat cut but survived. He was also wounded in the stomach.
 
He was said to be in a critical condition and had to be taken out of the building by firefighters via the window of the apartment on a stretcher and using harnesses. 
 
According to Le Parisien an electric sander was found in the apartment close to the bodies.
 
It remains unclear if there were other people involved in the gruesome incident, but reports suggest there was a history of domestic violence in the couple.
 
 
 
 
 

POLICE

France vows to tackle motorbike ‘rodeos’ after children injured

The French government has pledged a new crackdown against illicit motorbike cruising by youths in suburbs across the country, after two children were seriously injured by a rider near Paris.

France vows to tackle motorbike 'rodeos' after children injured

The rowdy late-night races and stunts known as “rodeos” have become increasingly popular in particular in low-income neighbourhoods, leading to complaints about traffic and noise from local officials and many residents.

On Friday evening, a 10-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy were hit by a rider while playing tag outside their home in Pontoise, northwest of the capital.

French daily Le Figaro reported on Monday that the girl suffered a blow to the head and remained in serious condition in hospital, while the boy had a broken leg.

The accident came after a 19-year-old man was killed in June after being hit by a bike rider in the western city of Rennes.

“I have asked the police to step up their interventions this month,” Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said in the southern city of Marseille.

Nonetheless the rodeos are often tolerated or defended as a gritty urban subculture that provides an outlet for disaffected youths, with an upcoming film, “Rodeo”, that appears to glorify the gatherings and  generated a strong buzz at the Cannes film festival last May.

Police have carried out 8,000 operations to break up rodeos in the past two months, leading to 1,200 arrests and the seizure of around 700 motorbikes and other vehicles including all-terrain “quads”.

In 2018, parliament passed a law increasing penalties for the riders to up to five years in prison.

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