French Killer Bomb Targeted Local Mayor

Published November 25th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A parcel-bomb which exploded at a local government office at La Baule, western France, killing a 39-year-old male employee, was addressed to a senior official, sources close to the inquiry said Saturday.  

The bomb which killed Jacques Leparoux early Friday was addressed to Christophe Priou, president of the local intercommunal association and mayor of the nearby holiday town of Le Croisic, the sources said. 

Late Friday state prosecutor Pierre-Marie Block said there was no way of knowing for the moment whether the attack was "a terrorist attack, a purely local affair, or a matter of personal vengeance." 

A police official in Paris said that a theory that the explosion was caused by an accident had been ruled out.  

Fifteen people who were in the building at the time of the blast escaped unhurt. 

The intercommunal association is responsible for promoting tourism, and also for managing the renowned salt-producing marshes of the area.  

Salt-production was stopped this year because of pollution from the oil tanker Erika which was wrecked last December -- LA BAULE (AFP)  

 

 

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