France murders: Bodies of five people found in Meaux – Father arrested

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A murder inquiry has been launched after the bodies of five people were found in a flat north-east of Paris.

The victims are a woman and her four children aged between nine months and 10 years old, prosecutors say.

Their bodies were found late on Monday evening in the town of Meaux, 40km (25 miles) from the French capital.

The children’s father was missing. Police began looking for the 33-year-old father, who they believed was “on the run”.

Relatives had raised the alarm after they failed to receive any response from the family.

The flat had showed no sign of break-in, hinting at a perpetrator familiar with the residence.

The father was finally detained at his father’s residence in Sevran, Seine-Saint-Denis, in the early hours of the morning.

Prosecutor Jean-Baptiste Bladier confirmed to French media that the Versailles judicial police service was investigating.

The Paris region has recently seen a series of infanticides:

  • In late November, a 41-year-old man confessed to killing his three daughters, aged four, 10 and 11, and turned himself in. Police found them dead in his home in the town of Alfortville, in the south-eastern suburbs of the capital
  • In October, a policeman killed his three daughters before killing himself at his home in Vemars in Val-d’Oise.


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