Dordogne man murdered after ‘asking drinkers in bar to make less noise’

A Dordogne man was fatally stabbed in the town of Bergerac after reportedly telling a group of young men drinking in a bar to make less noise.

Dordogne man murdered after 'asking drinkers in bar to make less noise'
Photo: Angel de la Rios/Flickr
Four men, aged between 20 and 22, have been charged over the murder of a 35-year-old man in the town of Bergerac in the Dordogne on Sunday.
The victim died after been stabbed at least three times in the head, abdomen and neck, according to reports.
The fatal stabbing occurred when a fight erupted early in the morning between the victim and some men gathered outside a bar near his house.
The man had reportedly gone down to ask them to make less noise. The victim died from stab wounds in hospital later on that morning.
No one else was around when the fight broke out although some villagers nearby heard some loud voices, France Bleu reported.
“There's nothing unusual about noise in this area as there's the bar below, and so it didn't worry me any more than that,” a neighbour said. 
The four men who have been arrested all lived in Bergerac and knew each other.
They were all unemployed. The men admit being close to the area when the stabbings occurred, but deny having anything to do with it. Two of them had previously been arrested for violent behaviour.


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French couple told they cannot raffle off their Dordogne mansion for €13

A French couple hoping to sell their luxurious countryside mansion via a €13 raffle has been forced to suspend the competition after France's online gaming authorities stepped in.

French couple told they cannot raffle off their Dordogne mansion for €13
How Brigitte and Christophe Demassougne first marketed the lottery.

Brigitte and Christophe Demassougne originally put their sprawling guest house in Cenac-et-Saint-Julien, around 80 kilometres southeast of Perigueux in the Dordogne region, on the market with an estimated value of more than €1.5 million.

The 18th-century residence, known as a Chartreuse, includes stables, a tennis court and a private pool amid lush gardens.

To drum up wider interest they launched an online quiz offering the resort to the lucky winner.

After purchasing a €13 ticket, contestants were given two questions and shown three objects whose value they had to estimate.

The not-exactly-brainteasers sought the names of a castle in the northern Perigord region (“Versailles” isn't the correct answer) and the name of the river that runs through the town of Roque-Gageac – it's the Dordogne.

The objects were trickier: An antique book of calligraphy, a pair of polished Chelsea boots, and a 18-Karat gold bracelet.

Since its launch on April 1, nearly 20,000 people had signed up, raising €260,000, from as far away as Canada and Australia, as well as Britain where holidaymakers have long favoured the Dordogne region, Brigitte Demassougne told AFP.

On Thursday, however, the couple received a letter from the ARJEL online gaming regulator ordering the competition shut down, citing a 2014 law that forbids games of chance based on individual expertise.

It gave the couple eight days to prove the contrary, and although they will try to prove they acted in good faith, Brigitte Demassougne said she was “pessimistic” about her chances.

She promised that all the players would get their money back.

“People called and wrote to congratulate us and support us, saying 'Even if we don't win, you've given us a chance to dream!'” she said.