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France shocked by second schoolgirl rape and murder in a month



France was shocked by the rape and murder of a 14 year-old girl in South France. This happened weeks after the brutal Parisian 12-year old girl’s murder.

A man, aged 31, was arrested by police for rape and murdering Vanesa. She was walking home from school in Tonneins, France when he forced her to get into his car. The authorities claimed that he had left the body unoccupied in a house, and were quickly identified using security camera footage.

The prosecutor of Agen in south France stated that the man admitted to the crime during an attempt to arrest him at his Marmande apartment.

The authorities state that the man was sentenced to a 15-day suspended term in prison for sexual assault against another minor in 2006.

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This murder occurred just weeks after France was struck by the murder of Lola, a 12-year-old girl. Lola’s body was found in a suitcase near her Paris home.

A suspect in murder, rape and other torture charges against a 24-year-old woman has been brought to court.

Political tension arose from Lola’s assassination. Opposition parties used the profiling and illegal immigration status of the suspect to call for tougher immigration policies.


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Far-right parties have criticized the judiciary and political authorities in both cases for being too soft on crime, and not doing enough to keep dangerous individuals off the streets.

Dante Rinaudo, the mayor of Tonneins, told reporters Monday (21/11/11) that the girl’s Colombian parent want to bury her daughter in Grenada (Spain), where she grew up and lived for many years before moving to France.

He said that he had started an online fundraising campaign for the family and would organize a Friday march for the victim (25 November).

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