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French grandfather killed trying to stop robbers

Published on Aug 23, 2013 8:22 PM

MARIGNANE, Bouches-du-Rhône (AFP) - A French pensioner has been killed in front of his wife and granddaughter while trying to stop two robbers fleeing on a scooter after holding up a tobacconist.

Mr Jacques Blondel, a 61-year-old retired Air France employee, was gunned down in the streets of Marignane, a suburb of the southern port city of Marseille, after confronting the robbers on Thursday night.

Hailed as a hero by the interior minister and local officials, Blondel attempted to intervene after spotting the robbers fleeing the tobacco shop, several witnesses said.

He rammed their scooter with his car, knocking them down, then emerged with a baseball bat and a bottle of pepper-spray.

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