British woman, 67, dies after being shot during French wild boar hunt

A British woman died after being shot by her partner during a wild boar hunt in France on Sunday, in what a prosecutor described as a "dramatic accident".

British woman, 67, dies after being shot during French wild boar hunt
A 'hunting in progress' sign in France, where safety of hunts is an ongoing debate. Photo by GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP

The 67-year-old was wounded “above the heart” and taken to hospital in Saint-Brieuc, Brittany, where she died around midday, prosecutor Nicolas Heitz said.

Her 69-year-old partner was taken into custody and a manslaughter investigation has been launched.

While the exact circumstances of the shooting were still to be established, tests on the shooter had already established that he not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, said Heitz.

The hunting party had been crossing a field in the Goudelin area, and included around a dozen hunters and two guests, the prosecutor said.

It is the latest in a series of accidental shootings that have sparked renewed debate about the safety of hunting in France.

Every year, passers-by and hunters themselves are shot, sometimes fatally, during the season for la chasse, which many rural dwellers describe as “the wild west”.

However proposals earlier this year to ban alcohol during hunts sparked fury from hunters. 

Member comments

  1. It is clear from other news outlets that the man carrying the gun did so while it was loaded, with the safety catch off and being carried in a dangerous manner. I realise that the editor of The Local is very much against hunting, but I really think this should not be allowed to get in the way of accurate reporting of a stupid accident. More rigorous reporting and editing please.

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.


French police detain man over ‘TGV train attack threat’

French security forces on Friday detained a man who was threatening to commit an attack on a high-speed train, the French national transport operator said.

French police detain man over 'TGV train attack threat'

The TGV train heading from the eastern city of Colmar to Paris had a delay of 90 minutes as a result of being stopped for security forces to intervene, the spokesman said.

“The situation is finished and under control. The individual has been arrested,” a spokesman for SNCF told AFP.

A police source said that the man was initially detained by a policeman who was travelling on the train as an ordinary passenger.

The nature of the attack that the man had threatened to commit was not immediately clear.