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A woman killed in front of her children by her ex-husband in the Drôme


A 38-year-old woman was stabbed to death at her home on Monday, September 6 in the morning in Montélimar, in the Drôme, by her ex-spouse from whom she had been separated for a few weeks, we learned from the parquet.

The four children of the victim, aged 5 to 15, and whose eldest had signs of injury, partially attended the scene, according to the public prosecutor in Valence, Alex Perrin, confirming information from the daily regional “Le Dauphiné Libéré”.

It is currently unknown whether the 37-year-old assailant is their father. Injured in one hand, he had to be hospitalized and “His medical condition did not allow his hearing”, said Alex Perrin in a press release at the end of the afternoon.

It was neighbors who alerted the police shortly after 7 a.m. The victim of this feminicide, who had left her apartment on the ground floor of a building, was pursued in the hall and she died on the spot. She presented “Traces of stabbing both on the upper limbs and on the neck and back of the neck”. On site, two knives “One of which had obviously been used for the facts”, were found.

According to the prosecution, the man, of Tunisian nationality and in a regular situation, was not known to the courts or to the police, and the investigators did not find any trace, in their first checks, of a complaint or a report from the victim. The couple “Seems to have separated” at the beginning of August, also indicated Alex Perrin.

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In 2020, 102 women (for 23 men) were killed by their spouse or ex-spouse, according to figures from the Ministry of the Interior.



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