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French woman jailed for throwing toddler in river

A French woman who stuffed her two-year-old daughter in a plastic bag and threw her into a river was given 15 years in prison for murder on Wednesday.

French woman jailed for throwing toddler in river
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Estelle Derieux, 34, showed no emotion as the verdict was read out in the court in northern France.
   
She had previously claimed she killed her daughter in Lille in August 2013 out of fear she was about to be taken away by social services.
   
A psychologist testified earlier this week that Derieux suffered from bipolar disorder, and was trapped between “angel and demon”.
   
“She has an angelic face, she can smile, but three minutes later, she can become demonic,” said the expert.
   
Derieux told the court during the trial that she “didn't understand that (social services) wanted to help her” and apologised for her actions.
   
“I am asking myself certain questions. I am trying to change, to be more open to advice, to listen more,” she said.
   
“My girl — I can't talk about her in the past tense, I always talk about her in the present.”
   
The court also ruled that Derieux should receive psychological treatment.

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French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

France’s Economy Minister has praised the work of Bordeaux law officers, after they seized more than 2.4 tonnes of cannabis resin with an estimated street value in excess of €19 million.

French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

Bruno Le Maire and Minister Delegate in charge of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal in a joint statement: “Once again, Customs distinguished itself with an exceptional seizure of cannabis, recalling its key role in the fight against drug trafficking. We congratulate the customs officers for their daily commitment to the protection of our fellow citizens.”

Two people were taken into custody after officers stopped a lorry from Spain on the A63, near the Saugnac-et-Muret toll area, just south of Bordeaux, on Monday.

According to Le Figaro, the drugs were hidden in side compartments of the lorry, and concealed by its stated load of wheat, and were discovered by a sniffer dog during the stop.

In total, 2,414.8kg of cannabis resin and 9.75kg of cannabis herb were intercepted by the Bordeaux brigade, with an estimated value of more than €19 million on the illicit market.

Since the end of July, 2022, Customs officials have seized nearly 73 tonnes of drugs, including 41.2 tonnes of cannabis.

The French drugs squad is now investigating to determine the point of origin of the drugs, as well as their destination and the crime network behind the smuggling attempt.

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