Two women were stabbed to death Friday afternoon in Roujan in the Hérault, a priori by the partner of one of the two victims, a young woman in her twenties.
“The defendant, the partner of one of the two victims, was arrested by the gendarmerie in the family restaurant opposite the apartment where the facts a priori took place”, specified the public prosecutor of Béziers , Raphael Balland, confirming initial information from the daily Midi Libre.
Placed in police custody around 7:00 p.m., the young man would have immediately explained to his relatives “having done something stupid”, explained the prosecutor. Which stressed that “the nature of the weapon remains to be determined, even if it is undoubtedly a knife”.
The second victim, whose identity had not yet been determined by investigators on Friday evening, “could be a next-door neighbor of the young woman targeted,” said the prosecutor.
Neither the alleged murderer nor his companion were known to the police or gendarmerie, “whether as the perpetrator or as the 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.
Fifth femicide of 2022, at least
According to the latest report from the Ministry of the Interior, 102 women died under the blows of their spouse or ex-spouse in 2020. They were 146 in 2019.
If this femicide 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, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Seine-Saint- Denis and Nice in the Alpes-Maritimes.