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France: The "Boys of Lampedusa"

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Tunisians arriving at Lampedusa-NPR file photo

It’s an all-too-familiar story. A young guy from North Africa is fished out of the waters of the Mediterranean by some NGO boat and brought to the Italian island of Lampedusa like tens of thousands before him. From Lampedusa, he makes his way to other European countries like France. The next thing you know, someone is victimized, robbed, raped, or murdered. In this latest case in Nice, a Tunisian refugee who had previously arrived at Lampedusa, is now charged with raping an English woman in the French coastal town.

The below article from Le Figaro is translated by Fousesquawk.

Nice: An illegal Tunisian suspected of raping a young English woman

by Guillaume Poingt

Posted yesterday at 12:33, updated yesterday at 14:12

Caption: A prison cell

The individual, recently arrived from the Italian island of Lampedusa, was charged and placed in pre-trial custody.

A Tunisian, born in 1996, without fixed abode and in illegal status, has been charged with rape and placed in pre-trial custody on Friday, 13 May, Le Figaro learned from the prosecutor’s office of  Nice, A judicial investigation has been opened.

The facts, reported by Nice-Matin, occurred Wednesday, 11 May shortly after 5 in the morning in the Port neighborhood. A woman of English nationality, who was leaving Garibaldi Square, was followed by a woman. The rape took place in an adjacent street.

According to our colleagues, The Center of Urban Supervision of the Nice municipal police, were able to retrace the steps of the victim and her attacker up to the point of the rape, captured by city cameras. Officers of the CSU found the presumed attacker an hour later in the same quarter. The individual was arrested while he was in the process of breaking the glass of a parked vehicle with a rock.

According to our information, the suspect had recently arrived from the Italian island of Lampedusa and was under the influence of drugs at the time of the rape of which he is accused.


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