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Body found in search for murder suspect who shot at police in France

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By Euronews with AFP
French police officer the in Paris suburb of Garges-les-Gonesse on June, 15, 2021.
French police officer the in Paris suburb of Garges-les-Gonesse on June, 15, 2021.   -   Copyright  AP Photo/Lewis Joly
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Police searching for a murder suspect in southern France say they have found a body "matching" the man's description.

Officers were deployed around the mountain village of Gréolières on Monday after a man fired a weapon at a police officer.

The suspect shot at a gendarme on Sunday without injuring him when officers came in to question him after a 32-year-old woman was found dead in Plan-de-la-Tour, a town overlooking the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, in the Var département. The female victim had been shot in the head.

A police source told the AFP news agency that the man "refused to be interviewed and went into hiding" and added that he was "armed and dangerous".

Authorities in Alpes-Maritimes had called on the 30-year-old suspect to "lay down arms" and "surrender".

Officers from the elite National Gendarmerie Intervention Group (GIGN) were deployed in the village, as reinforcements from Paris arrived on Monday. The 600 residents of Greolieres, a mountain village, were urged to stay at home.

But the local gendarmerie confirmed on Tuesday that they had found a body in the search for the man.

"End of the hunt in the Alpes-Maritimes," tweeted French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin.

"Thank you to the gendarmes, as well as to all the services of the State which were mobilised these last hours to seek the fugitive."