String of murder-suicides starts shock wave

19th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

GRENOBLE, France, Sept 19, 2006 (AFP) - A Frenchman is thought to have shot dead his three children aged six to 16 before committing suicide, officials said Tuesday, just 24 hours after a similar murder-suicide in northern France.

GRENOBLE, France, Sept 19, 2006 (AFP) - A Frenchman is thought to have shot dead his three children aged six to 16 before committing suicide, officials said Tuesday, just 24 hours after a similar murder-suicide in northern France.

The children's mother discovered their bullet-ridden bodies alongside that of her husband early Tuesday morning, at their home in the village of Bouge-Chambalud in the southeastern Alps, the local mayor said.

She had spent the night away from home after a fight with her husband, a 43-year-old employee at a local chemicals factory, according to the mayor Jean Villard.

Ballistics experts were sent to the scene of the killing, which the mayor said was apparently linked to the couple's marital problems.

The tragedy comes a day after a similar incident, in which the father of three children, aged nine, six and four, stabbed them to death before hanging himself from a door handle.

The man, a computer technician from the northern town of Tourcoing, was in the process of divorcing his wife. The children had been staying with their father for the weekend.

In a third incident, the popular French daily France Soir reported that a man had shot dead his 10-year-old son before making a botched suicide attempt, in the western Brittany town of Lorient on Sunday.

The man, a Turkish immigrant in his 50s, was recently separated from his wife and had custody of his son for the weekend, the paper said.

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Subject: French news

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