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Who was the British man shot dead in Charente, western France?

A 72-year-old British man was shot dead outside his home in the Charente department of western France on Tuesday evening after an apparent dispute with a neighbouring farmer. This is what we know about the victim.

The victim, named in the French press as David Daniels, 72, was fatally shot outside his home at around 7pm in the village of Edon, in Charente, a small village of just 270 residents.
 
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder. 
 
Daniels, who spoke fluent French, had been living in the rural village with his wife since 1997 and owned a farm there. 
 
They spent half their time in France and half in London where they owned a flat, according to reports in the British press.
 
Daniels, who according to reports had been a successful businessman before moving to France, was described as a respected member of the community, with villagers in Edon speaking of their shock after his murder.
 
“It's a tragedy,” Marie Lacellerie, owner of Au Petit Creux, a restaurant in Edon told The Local. “He'd been here a long time and was known by everyone.”
 
“He was a straightforward, good guy,” she added. 
 
(The farm near the villageof Edon where David Daniels and his wife lived. Google)
 
 
Mayor Patrice Petit said the “he was a big loss to the village.”
 
“He was a man I knew very well, a man much appreciated in the commune where he had lived for a long time,” Petit told Charente Libre newspaper. “It's unacceptable, unacceptable.”
 
Photo: Edon/Streetview
 
He told how Daniels was had generously donated money for the upkeep of the heritage of the commune, a gesture he wanted to keep low key.
 
Mr Daniels collected classic cars and regularly took part in the classic car races known as the “circuit des Remparts”.
 
The picture below, was shared on a Facebook page of Legendary Circuits Series. It was taken by the newspaper Charente Libre and shows David Daniels racing in a classic Austin Healey in Angouleme last September.
 
 
 
“He loved vintage cars and competed in the Circuit des Remparts,” said Petit and was at an event in Pau in the Pyrenees the weekend before his death.
 
According to those who knew him, Daniels went to several classic car events a year. 
 
“I'd known him for about a year and he was one of my best clients,” Eric Perou, Daniels' car dealer who was with him at an event two weeks ago told The Local. 
 
“He was very kind and polite,” Perou said, adding that he spoke perfect French. 
 
Daniels had been excited about a car that Perou had updated for him which he planned on using in races, Perou said. 

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French minister apologises for Champions League chaos

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on Tuesday made a partial apology for chaos at last month's Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool in Paris, while insisting fake tickets and "delinquency" were mostly to blame.

French minister apologises for Champions League chaos

“Should things have been managed better at the Stade de France (stadium)? The answer is yes. Am I partly responsible? The answer is yes,” Darmanin told RTL radio.

“Of course, I readily apologise towards everyone who suffered from this bad management of the event,” he added.

After scenes of fans crowded into tight spaces and being tear-gassed by police caused outrage around Europe, Darmanin poured fuel on the fire by blaming supporters with fake tickets for the disruption.

UEFA events director Martin Kallen last week told French senators investigating the fiasco that the football body’s count of fake tickets was far short of the tens of thousands claimed by French authorities.

“We don’t believe it’s the number mentioned in France,” he said, adding that 2,600 fake tickets were identified at turnstiles — compared with the number of 30,000 to 40,000 people with fake tickets and without tickets suggested by Darmanin.

“It was a question of fake tickets… that created the difficulties we all know about” of large crowds of fans packed into underpasses or outside locked gates, Darmanin insisted Tuesday.

He added that “if there was something that went wrong at the Stade de France, it was the fight against delinquency”, saying he had already ordered a reorganisation of policing around the venue and that three major matches since had passed without incident.

While some supporters did report being victims of crime by gangs of youths before and after the match, there were also many complaints about police treatment of fans.

Disabled Liverpool fans last week told the Senate how officers sprayed tear gas at people in wheelchairs.

The English supporters have reacted with particular fury to Darmanin’s defence of the French police’s actions.

“People’s memories will forever be tarred by the lack of organisation and heavy-handed policing, and then of course the way authorities tried to deflect blame and scapegoat Liverpool fans for their incompetence,” Liverpool mayor Steve Rotheram told AFP earlier this month.

CCTV footage from around the stadium has also been deleted despite the Senate probe.

A government report published earlier this month said a “chain of failures” by French authorities has inflicted “severe damage” on the image of the country as it prepares to host the Olympic Games in 2024.

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