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Hiker accidentally shot dead by hunter in France

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Hiker accidentally shot dead by hunter in France
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12:03 CET+01:00
A man walking in the countryside in south east France was shot dead by a hunter in an accident at the weekend in just the latest fatality of France's hunting season.

It's another tragic tale from France's hunting season. The latest death happened during a hunt for wild boars in south east France.

The victim, a man aged 59, was walking alone when he was shot at groin level, according to a report in L'Express newspaper.
 
The hiker died on the spot despite attempts by paramedics to save his life. 
 
According to reports in the local press the hunter was alerted by the barking of his dog. He turned to see a shadow moving through the bushes and pulled the trigger.
 
The hunter, aged 62, was arrested and questioned by the local police. 
 
The accident, which took place at 3.30pm on Saturday afternoon in the village of Taulignan in south east France, is the second to occur in the department of Drome in 2017.
 
The local hunting association in the Drome described the shooting as "intolerable" and vowed to press charges against the hunter.
 
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Each year France's hunting season is marred by deadly accidents, of which there have already been several this year year already.
 
 
And in September, a 13-year-old boy was shot dead by his own grandfather in a tragic accident in the Vendée department in western France. 
 
From June 1st 2016 to May 31st 2017, 143 accidents were recorded by France's national hunting office, including 18 which proved fatal.
 
Speaking to The Local previously, Marc Giraud, the head of Animal rights group ASPAS, said the laws needed to be changed in France to prevent more deaths.
 
"France is the only country in Europe where people can hunt every day, which is why we are the country in Europe with the most accidents."
 
Opponents of hunting claim most deaths are caused by hunters disobeying the strict rules.
 
An opinion poll earlier in December revealed 82 percent of French people wanted a ban on hunting on Sundays while 71 percent admitted they didn't feel safe while out walking during the hunting season.
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