Concern grows for missing British pensioner in Dordogne

Police in Dordogne are trying to track down an 85-year-old British man who has not been seen since Tuesday morning.

Concern grows for missing British pensioner in Dordogne
Photo: Gendarmes

The man, named only by the gendarmes as Mr Murray, was last seen in the village of Le Bugue on Tuesday morning.

According to the gendarmes he left his home at around 9am to drive his wife to work in the town of Journiac.

Mr Murray normally follows the same routine each morning which involves popping into the maison de la presse in Le Bugue to buy a newspaper, before buying bread in the village of Le Buisson-de-Cadouin and then heading to Limeuil for a stroll.

But he was last seen at 9.15am in the newsagents in Le Bugue and has not been home since.

Searches have taken place along the usual routes he takes as well as in the places he is likely to frequent but as of Wednesday morning the British pensioner had not been found.

According to police he is around 1.70m in height and has grey hair. On Tuesday, he was wearing navy blue jeans and a black sweater. He has glasses when he reads and has difficulty moving.

He is not able to speak much French.

At the time he was driving a red Peugeot 206 with the registration plate 2242-VG-24.

Anyone who comes across Mr Murray or has knowledge of where he might be is asked to call the gendarmes on the number 17.

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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.