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Frenchwoman, 71, ‘cooks husband’s genitals’

A 71-year-old Frenchwoman is to undergo psychiatric testing after killing her husband and cooking his heart, nose and genitals.

Frenchwoman, 71, 'cooks husband's genitals'
A 71-year-old French woman cooks up her husbands genitals, heart and nose. Photo:AFP

A judicial source said the woman was arrested on May 22 in the northern French town of Longwy, describing her as "the female Hannibal Lecter", after the fictional cannibal in thriller "The Silence of the Lambs".

The woman killed her 80-year-old husband with a kitchen mortar she used for grinding spices then "cooked his heart, nose and genital organs in a pot but we don't know if she ate them," the source said.

She was arrested by police the following morning covered in her husband's blood and flesh. A neighbour had apparently raised the alarm after being visited bythe woman shortly after she carried out the horrific act.

Her lawyer, Caroline Depretz, said the woman suffered from delusions. "Obviously it was a fit of madness," she said.

The woman was being held in a prison psychiatric unit and was to undergo tests to determine if she can held responsible for her actions.

Last November The Local reported a similarly grisly tale of a former French soldier who killed a 90-year-old in a quiet village in southern France, before ripping out his heart and tongue with the intention of eating them.

The young homeless man attacked the elderly man in a tiny hamlet, smashing his head with a metal object, and then extracted his heart and tongue to cook and eat.

Some remains of the cooked meat were found on a plate with some beans.

The suspect assaulted another man, breaking his shoulder, before being arrested.

Psychiatric tests after the arrest showed the man suffered from delusions.

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French police bust cross-Channel people-smuggling ring

French police have busted a major people-smuggling ring that has been sending migrants to Britain in dinghies, with more than a dozen boats and 700 life jackets seized in a raid, French authorities said Thursday.

French police bust cross-Channel people-smuggling ring

The ring was run by Iraqi Kurdish migrants and had a logistics hub in Lille, a northern French city about 100 kilmetres (60 miles) from the northern Channel beaches around Calais that are used for crossings.

Three Iraqi men have been charged, along with three French suspects after their arrest on Monday.

Police discovered “a real factory supplying nautical equipment” in Lille, the head of French anti-migration agency Ocriest, Xavier Delrieu, told AFP.

In what was their biggest ever seizure of equipment, they found 13 inflatable boats, 14 outboard engines, 700 life jackets, 100 pumps and 700 litres of fuel, Delrieu said.

The group is suspected of having organised 80 Channel crossings over the summer, of which 50 succeeded, with the smugglers netting around €80,000 for each one.

The arrests came due to intelligence-sharing between authorities in Belgium, Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, who are all trying to crack down on migrants crossing the Channel by boat.

The original tip-off came after a border guard control discovered a group of French youths carrying inflatables from Germany into the Netherlands.

More migrants have crossed the Channel to the UK from northern France so far this year than in the whole of 2021.

So far this year, more than 30,000 people have been detected crossing the Channel to the UK, fresh government figures showed Thursday. On Wednesday alone, the authorities detected another 667 people.

Britain’s new prime minister, Liz Truss, has faced some criticism from other Conservatives and in right-wing media outlets for not pressing for more French action against the crossings when she met President Emmanuel Macron in New York on Tuesday.

Downing Street said the issue did not come up at their talks on the margins of the UN General Assembly, which instead focused on common ground including Ukraine and energy security.

The crossings are among a host of issues that have badly strained Franco-British relations in recent years.

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