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Teenage suspects arrested after man beaten to death with piece of wood in France

French police have arrested three people after a man was beaten to death in broad daylight by a gang of teenagers in Pau, a town in southern France.

Teenage suspects arrested after man beaten to death with piece of wood in France
French police take part in a drill in Pau in 2017. Photo: Iroz Gaizka/AFP.

A 32-year-old was murdered early on the evening of Friday May 18th in a notorious area of the town by a group, whom witnesses described as being in their early teens and aged 16-17 at most.

The victim, who had a history of violent crime and drug dealing, was repeatedly kicked and punched by a group of up to 12 teenagers, and was also beaten with a plastic chair leg and a piece of wood in front of horrified witnesses, local media reported.

Pau prosecutor Cecile Gensac confirmed on Monday May 21st that three people had been arrested over the murder — a French national born in Burkina Faso in west Africa who had moved from Paris to Pau in recent years.

“The man died Friday in the street in an area of Pau after a group attacked him,” she told AFP.

The housing estate in Saragosse, where the crime took place, is known for its high crime rate and is typical of many deprived, high-immigration urban neighbourhoods in France.

But murders committed by minors are rare and man's death on a grassy public area was widely reported on Monday, with Le Parisien newspaper describing it as a “terrifying lynching.”

“They're very young: 12, 13, 14 years old. It's a gang around here that smokes weed, that causes problems,” one local told La Republique des Pyrenees newspaper. 

Elsewhere in France, 10 people have been arrested in the gang-plagued Seine-Saint-Denis area northeast of Paris after a 41-year-old man was stabbed to death on Sunday night in a shop.

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Paris police rescue handbag robber from river Seine

Paris police on Tuesday fished a man out of the Seine river, which he jumped into after he rammed a car into a Valentino store and robbed dozens of luxury handbags.

Paris police rescue handbag robber from river Seine

The 24-year-old suspect smashed into the store around 2am on the high-end Rue Saint-Honoré, a police source said.

He grabbed as many as 30 luxury handbags and other items before attempting to flee in the car.

The man then failed to stop when a police patrol gave chase after spotting him near the central Paris Opéra.

He abandoned the car on Place de la Concorde at the end of the Champs-Elysées, the police source said, before plunging into the nearby river Seine.

But river police quickly fished him out and placed him under arrest.

A source familiar with the case said that the “entirety” of the stolen items had been found.

A second source told AFP that “around 30” handbags – which Valentino lists on its website at between €1,000 and €3,000 – were found in his car.

The suspect now faces an investigation for charges including aggravated robbery and refusal to comply with police, Paris prosecutors said.

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