French baker ‘tried to kill girlfriend with rolling pin’

A baker has been arrested near the southern French city of Nice for allegedly attempting to kill his waitress girlfriend with a rolling pin, prosecutors said on Monday.

French baker 'tried to kill girlfriend with rolling pin'
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The suspect from the town of Saint-Laurent-du-Var, in his fifties, had been in a relationship with the victim for the last several months.

Friday around midnight, the baker waited for his girlfriend, also in her fifties, at her home and proceeded to assault her with the rolling pin, before forcefully putting her into his car, according to prosecutors.

After evading motorists who had spotted the victim trying to escape from the vehicle, the baker was accused of leaving his badly wounded girlfriend in front of a clinic.

He was arrested when police found him hiding out at his mother's house, according to prosecutors.

The baker was placed under investigation for attempted murder and kidnapping. The victim, meanwhile, is in stable condition, and was able to speak with investigators.


Pensioner held over murder on French nudist beach

A 75-year-old man has been arrested in France over a murder on a well-known nudist beach outside the southeastern city of Lyon, prosecutors said.

Pensioner held over murder on French nudist beach

The victim, aged 46, was killed on Saturday at the La Mama beach on a lake in the Lyon suburb of Miribel, regional prosecutors said.

The 75-year-old is suspected of shooting the victim multiple times in the bushes nearby following a dispute that arose after the younger man allegedly exposed himself in front of a woman, they added.

The regional daily Le Progres said that the suspect is a member of a shooting club and legally possesses a calibre 22 rifle. The victim was known to the police, it said.

The Le Parisien daily added that according to its information the victim had been a cause of trouble on the beach all Saturday morning with tensions rising to a peak when he began to masturbate in front of a woman.

An altercation ensued at which point the septuagenarian reached for his gun.

Le Progres said that at the peak of the summer season the beach — well known to Lyon’s inhabitants — was operating as normal on Sunday.

Participants in the World Naked Bike Ride France arrived even as police carried out investigations and images showed naked bathers enjoying the hot weather.