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AFP
September 19, 2019

French woman ‘killed by partner in front of their children’

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AFP
September 19, 2019

CAEN, France: A young French woman was killed after being stabbed 14 times by her partner in front of their three children, prosecutors in northern France said, amid a growing campaign to halt the deaths of women at the hands of their male companions.

The man, 37, attacked the 27-year-old woman during a dispute in the northern port city of Le Havre on Monday as they were in the process of separation, prosecutors said in a statement late on Tuesday. Their children, aged six, four and two, looked on.

"The accused confessed to what happened and said he acted out of fear that the victim would prevent him from seeing his children," the statement said. The death of the woman -- named as Johanna -- sparked new outrage in France, where an increase of murders of women by current or former partners has been identified as a major social problem by the government.

Hundreds of people rallied in Le Havre on Wednesday to protest the killing and demand justice, brandishing slogans such as "break the silence" and "stop the femicides". The mother died instantly and the man was quickly arrested. Police sources said the stabbing happened in front of a supermarket. The accused has been placed in detention and will appear before a judge who will decide on the charges.

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