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Five family members found dead in France

Three children and their parents have been found dead at their home near the northern French city of Lille, a local prosecutor said late Wednesday.

Five family members found dead in France
Forensic police and emergency services workers stand outside the house where the family was found. Photo: AFP
The bodies of a six-month-old boy, his four-year-old brother and 10-year-old sister along with their mother, 40, were found in their beds at the two-storey home in a residential neighbourhood, about seven kilometres west of Lille.
   
The father, 42, had hanged himself and left a note, dated October 16th, explaining his actions, local  prosecutor Frederic Fevre told AFP.
   
“He spoke of being in debt and major financial difficulties,” said Fevre.
   
“We can't exclude the possibility that at least one of (the family) were suffocated,” he added.
   
Police sealed off the house and were investigating the tragedy.
   
Christelle, a neighbour, told AFP that the family had only lived in the area for “around a year”.
   
“This is a very calm and residential neighbourhood, the children often rode their bikes and scooters on the pavement,” she added.
   
According to another source, the family had not been seen for several days.    
 
An aunt and a childminder sounded the alarm and were taken for psychological counselling after rescue workers discovered the five bodies.
 

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French police shoot dead knife-wielding man at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport

French Border police at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris shot - and killed - man who was wielding a knife in the public area of the airport on Wednesday.

French police shoot dead knife-wielding man at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport

Border police reportedly shot a man with aggressive behaviour who brandished a knife in the public area of the Charles de Gaulle airport outside of Paris, on Wednesday morning, police and airport sources told AFP.

“This morning officers neutralised a threatening individual in possession of a knife at the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport,” the Paris police department said on its Twitter account.

A source close to the investigation told BFMTV that the man – who was likely homeless – went towards the officers, despite being asked several times to put the knife down. In response, police shot the man in the abdomen, and the individual later died.

The incident took place in the busy, public area of terminal 2F around 8:20 am, when “a homeless man started bothering security agents and border police were called in to remove him”.

Initially the man left while yelling curses but he soon returned and brought out a knife, when one of the officers fired his weapon.

An AFP photographer who witnessed the scene said “a large person of colour brandished something that looked like a knife at the police”.

“He was ordered to stop but kept advancing toward them, and an officer fired a single shot.”

The man was quickly put on a stretcher and evacuated, the photographer said. 

Security forces have been on high alert for terrorist attacks since a wave of jihadist killings that have killed more than 250 people since 2015, often by so-called “lone wolves” who often target police.

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