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.