Hérault: two women killed with knives, probable feminicide

“The respondent, the partner of one of the two victims, was arrested by the gendarmerie in the family restaurant opposite the apartment where the facts took place a priori”, specified to the AFP the public prosecutor of Béziers, Raphaël Balland, confirming initial information from the daily Midi Libre.

Placed in police custody around 19h00, the young man would have immediately explained to his relatives “having done something stupid”, explained Mr. Balland, in stressing that “the nature of the weapon remains to be determined, even if it is undoubtedly a knife”.

The second victim, whose identity no had not yet been determined Friday evening by the investigators, “could be a next door neighbor of the young woman targeted”, indicated the prosecutor.

Neither the alleged murderer nor his companion were known to the police or gendarmerie services, “whether as an author or as a victim, ”insisted the Béziers prosecutor. The family of the young woman confirmed to the investigators that they had never heard of either a blow or a threat against her.

According to the latest report from the Ministry of the Interior,

102 women died under the blows of their spouse or ex-spouse in 2019. They were 20 in 2019.

If this feminicide is confirmed, it would be at least the fifth this year, after four women killed since January 1 by their companion or former companion, in Maine-et-Loire , in Meurthe-et-Moselle, in Seine-Saint-Denis and in Nice in the Alpes-Maritimes.