French couple charged after ‘rocking’ baby in a washing machine

A 19-year-old woman and her 22-year-old partner have been charged after they admitted to putting a 15-month-old girl into a washing machine to "rock her".

French couple charged after 'rocking' baby in a washing machine
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The disturbing story emerged from Perpignan, on the southern coast of France, on Wednesday after the man confessed to putting the baby into the washing machine because he wanted to “rock it”, as one might in a cradle. 
He did not switch on the machine, but “manually turned it” while the door was open, reported L'Express newspaper.
The case was brought to the attention of authorities after the mother brought the child into hospital, claiming the infant's bruises were from a fall. 
Doctors suspected foul play and contacted police. 
The man was charged for aggravated violence on a child as well as domestic violence.
The mother, who was also taken into custody, admitted that her partner had put the baby in the machine and that she hadn't done anything to stop him. 
She added that she had been terrified after the partner threatened to kill her. She has been charged with failing to prevent a crime. 
The man denies all accusations, saying he just wanted to “rock the baby”. 
The baby girl was taken into social care. 


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.