Briton suspected of killing, burning wife in France

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Police arrested a British man they suspect of killing his wife, burning her body and burying it in cement at the French chateau where the couple lived, an official said on Monday.

"There was a drunken argument with his wife during which she fell" on Friday night at their home in France's northwestern Brittany region, Catherine Denis, an official in the local state prosecutor's office, told AFP.

She did not name the man but said he was 55 and lived in a chateau in the village of Le Challetier, northeast of the town of Rennes with his wife of 49.

The prosecutor's office said the suspect's children called police after he telephoned to tell them of his wife's death.

He admitted burning his wife's remains outside the house and burying the ashes in the cement, and was due to go before a judge later on Monday, officials said.

Police found "remains which could be human" at the property and were still searching it, Denis said.

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