Police chief stabbed to death in front of town hall in south west France

The chief of the local police in the small town of Rodez in south west France was stabbed to death outside the mairie on Thursday.

Police chief stabbed to death in front of town hall in south west France
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Pascale Filoé, was stabbed three times at around 10am and later died in hospital from his injuries.

Filoé was the deputy director general of services at the Town Hall which meant he was in charge of the police municipale in Rodez, a town in the rural Aveyron department of south west France.

He was a father of three and according to initial reports was aged in his 50s.

A suspect, said to be a 39-year-old man with no fixed abode, was reportedly quickly arrested at the scene without resisting police officers. Reports say he was chased away by an employee at the town hall but ran into a shop where he was arrested.

The suspect was known to police and had only recently moved to the Aveyron department. La Depeche newspaper reported that he had already issued death threats against Filoé.

According to the La Depeche local newspaper the suspect was arrested on April 11th for vandalising the front door of the town hall.

French radio network France Info reported that the suspect recently had his pitbull dog taken away from him because he did not have the right to posess ne, due to a recent criminal conviction. This led him to threaten the town's mayor and the police chief.

France's Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said: “I share in the grief of the residents of Rodez after the despicable attack that targeted the head of their municipal police. My initial thoughts are with his family & loved ones. Support to his trusted colleagues & national police who immediately arrested the individual.”



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French police break-up fake Bordeaux wine ring

Police investigating drug-trafficking in south west France have broken up a counterfeit Bordeaux wine ring following an eight-month investigation.

French police break-up fake Bordeaux wine ring

Prosecutors said that 100 gendarmes were involved in an operation to arrest up to 20 suspects in seven départements after the fake wine scam was discovered when fake wine labels were discovered by officers investigating a drugs ring. 

During searches, a dozen vehicles and, “a large volume of wine” were seized, they added.

They estimated that several hundred thousand bottles of Spanish wine had been passed off as being from the Médoc wine region of France.

Investigations involving a dedicated police unit revealed “a large-scale fraud organised by the owner of a vineyard in the Médoc”, police said, who obtained wine via “Spanish contacts”, bottled it at night and put fake labels on the bottles.

The fake wines were then sold “by the pallet” in several areas via “a network of official and unofficial distributors made up of companies, pensioners and self-employed people”, according to prosecutors. 

Orders amounting to several thousand bottles were sent abroad, with customers believing they were buying Bordeaux chateau wines at bargain prices, prosecutors said, when the bottles really contained “low-end wines …. from remote areas”.

Three suspects, including someone described as the ‘main instigator’ appeared before an examining magistrate on Wednesday and was charged with a variety of offences linked to fraud.

A source close to the case told AFP that the counterfeiting targeted mid-range Médoc wines, which are easier to counterfeit than the grand crus. 

“If the facts are proven, we hope that the perpetrators will be heavily condemned because these practices harm the image of Bordeaux wines and the image of all those who work well and respect the rules,” reacted the Interprofessional Council of Bordeaux Wine contacted by AFP.