An elderly heiress to one of Monaco’s wealthiest families is in a stable condition after a shooting in the French Riveria.
Helene Pastor and her chauffeur were fired at as they drove out of a hospital car park. She had been visiting her son. They were both hit in the face, neck, chest and abdomen.
The 77-year-old is described as a quiet person, rarely appearing in public.
Her family built a vast property empire in the principality going back to the ’40s. She manages part of her real estate heritage.
Her brother Michel, an art collector and former chairman of AC Monaco football club, was more often in the public eye. He died in February after a long illness.
Prince Albert II of Monaco in a statement expressed “deep emotion” and offered “very strong support” to the victims and their families.
Friends of the family are struggling to understand why Mrs Pastor was attacked.
Police are investigating the possibility that the target may have been her driver.
The two injured people had emergency surgery at the hospital and are in a stable condition.