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Driver flees after killing 5-year-old Roma in Paris

A five-year-old Roma child was knocked over and killed in Paris on Tuesday when he was hit by a van as he crossed the road to meet his mother. The driver abandoned his van and fled on foot.

Driver flees after killing 5-year-old Roma in Paris
Emergency crews rushed to the scene but were unable to revive the boy. Photo: France TV Info/Screenshot
The hit-and-run occurred at around 2.30pm on Boulevard de Ménilmontant, in the city's 11th arrondissement.
 
The child, a member of the Roma community according to reports in the French press, was crossing a pedestrian crossing at the time when he was hit by a vehicle.
 
The driver of the van fled on foot with a fellow passenger, witnesses said, after reportedly surveying the scene of the crash in shock.
 
Emergency services were quick to arrive but were unable to revive the boy. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 
 

(The Boulevard de Ménilmontant. Photo: France TV Info/Screenshot)
 
The exact circumstances of the accident remain unclear, with the Libération newspaper reporting that the child and his family were fleeing from police at the time.
 
The paper reported that the boy's family had been selling clothes at a Metro exit and were on the run after seeing police nearby.
 
This version of events was immediately denied by police.
 
A police source told the Europe1 radio, however, that no police investigation was ongoing in the area at the time, and that officers didn't actually arrive until ten minutes after firefighters showed up. 
 

(Photo: GoogleMaps)
 
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo offered her condolences to the family of the victim, adding that she had faith the police would be quick to solve the crime. 
 
One witness, an actress called Dominica, told Liberation that the tragedy highlighted the need to help families who were making a living on the streets. 
 
“The police and these clothes sellers are playing cat and mouse every day,” she said.
 
“I don't understand why they're not left alone… if we could just let them do it once or twice a week this kind of accident might not happen again.”
 

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French tax agent ‘kidnapped and killed while conducting an audit’

A French tax inspector was kidnapped and killed, reportedly while carrying out a tax audit in a village in northern France on Monday evening.

French tax agent 'kidnapped and killed while conducting an audit'

The 43-year-old tax agent died on Monday night in northern France, with local media Actu Pas-de-Calais reporting that he was killed by the man whom he was auditing, who later died by suicide.

Emergency services were called to the small village of Bullecourt in the Pas-de-Calais département of northern France at around 8pm. Upon arriving they found two men dead and a woman, reported to be another employee of the tax office, tied up.

She was not believed to be seriously injured but was treated for shock. 

The public prosecutor released a statement saying that both tax agents “were carrying out an at-home audit to check the accounts” of the local man reported to be a brocanteur (antique dealer), who then “kidnapped them and tied them up.” 

“The accused then killed himself with a firearm,” according to the prosecutor’s office. 

The mayor of Bullecourt, a small village of 250 inhabitants, told AFP that he remembered the accused antique dealer as a “helpful” and “ordinary person” who had “integrated into the village.”

Gabriel Attal, the Public Accounts Minister, issued a statement on Monday evening expressing his condolences and saying that the tax agent “was simply doing his job” and that “today, he did not return.” The minister lamented that the agent was “killed while completing a tax audit.”

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