Man shot dead with a Kalashnikov in Macron’s France

A man from the southern French city of Marseille is just the latest victim of deadly gun violence as the city continues to see gang violence perpetrated by those wielding illegally held Kalashnikov-style rifles .

The fatal shooting took place Sunday afternoon outside a bakery in the city’s 14th arrondissement, as the victim, a 40-year-old man, walked to the bakery where he worked.

The shooting was carried out by a group of two to three people armed with a Kalashnikov rifle according to witnesses, who fled in a Peugeot 308 car, which was then found burnt down only a few hundred meters from the scene of the shooting. , newspaper Provence reports.

According to the newspaper, the 40-year-old victim was already well known to the police and the judiciary and had been involved in several criminal cases in the past. The French judicial police have taken over the investigation into the shooting, which is currently linked to a settling of scores in the Marseille underworld.

The shooting is only the latest in the city, which is believed to involve a Kalashnikov-style rifle, which is largely illegal to buy and possess in France, yet is smuggled into the country in numbers. apparently considerable. It comes just months after an incident in May that forced a city nursery to close after gunfire erupted outside when around 60 children attended.

Nursery workers described the scene and the terrified children, with one saying: “There are children who locked themselves in the toilet and said, ‘Auntie, I don’t want to come out, I ‘am scared.’ »

On some occasions, it is not just criminal gangs that target each other with Kalashnikov rifles. In October last year, police in the city’s 15th district were met with a hail of gunfire as they attempted to carry out an anti-drug operation in the area and were forced to drop to the ground to avoid The balls.

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