Social media erupts over French jeweller who killed thief
PARIS (AFP) - A French jeweller who shot dead a teenage robber last week has sparked an intense national debate in France, with a Facebook page supporting him attracting more than 1.4 million "likes".
Stephan Turk, 67, shot an 18-year-old in the back on Wednesday as he and another robber were fleeing on a scooter with gems stolen from the jeweller's shop in the French Riviera city of Nice.
His actions have divided France, with supporters arguing for the right to self-defence amid a general climate of insecurity, while critics condemn the use of violence and vigilantism.
A Facebook page created anonymously several days ago in support of Turk - who on Friday was charged with murder - had garnered 1.46 million likes by Sunday afternoon.