French tax inspector killed during visit to antique dealer

A French tax inspector has been killed during an audit at the home of a dealer in second-hand goods, police say.

Officers found the victim lying on the floor and his female colleague bound to a chair at the dealer’s property in the small northern village of Bullecourt.

The 43-year-old tax inspector was killed “most likely by repeated stabbing”, prosecutors say.

The dealer’s body was discovered with bullet wounds in an outlying building. He is believed to have shot himself.

The 46-year-old businessman collected items from private homes and car-boot sales to resell them at the farm he owned, according to Éric Bianchin, the mayor of Bullecourt, a village of 250 people south-east of Arras.

“I never had any problem with him,” the mayor told French media, adding that he had arrived in the village four years before.

However, trouble clearly arose during his discussion with the team from the tax office who had gone to his home on Monday to check his books.

When the alarm was raised “by a…

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