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Russian billionaire robbed of fur coats in French Alps

At least two burglars made off with fur coats worth around €100,000 ($108,000) from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov's chalet in the French Alps last weekend, prosecutors said Friday.

Russian billionaire robbed of fur coats in French Alps
The Courchevel 1850 ski resort in the French Alps. Photo: AFP
The break-in at the exclusive Courchevel 1850 ski resort took place overnight on March 18, the prosecutors from nearby Albertville said.
   
One employee was at the chalet at the time, they said, adding that security cameras filmed two intruders but revealed no significant features to aid in tracing them.
   
The burglars stole €8,000 in cash in addition to the fur coats, for which investigators have requested the receipts.
   
Prokhorov, whose fortune is estimated at $8.8 billion by Forbes magazine, is chief executive of Norilsk Nickel, the world's largest producer of nickel and palladium.
   
One of Russia's richest men and the owner of the Brooklyn Nets basketball team, he ran for president in 2012, garnering eight percent of the vote.
   
In 2007, he was arrested in Courchevel over suspicions of arranging prostitutes for his guests at a Christmas party, but he was released without charge.
 
The robbery marks just the latest high profile robbery of a foreign visitor to France, the most notable of which saw Kim Kardashian robbed of jewellery worth €9 million in October in Paris. 

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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.

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