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Killer sent to France for trial
Michel Fourniret
Michel Fourniret has confessed to nine of the killings
Self-confessed French serial killer Michel Fourniret has been extradited from Belgium to France to face trial over the murders of seven young women.

Handcuffed and wearing ski goggles, he was handed over to French authorities on the border on Monday, AFP reports.

Fourniret, 63, is suspected of killing up to 20 people in France and Belgium between 1987 and 2001. He has admitted to some and is charged with seven.

Fourniret was arrested in Belgium in June 2003.

His wife Monica Olivier, 57, was extradited to France in December.

She was charged with three murders after confessing to having lured three young women to her home between 1992 and 1997, knowing that Fourniret was going to kill them.

Prosecutors say Fourniret had moved to Belgium after being convicted of paedophile offences in his native France, but repeatedly re-crossed the border to commit offences in his home country.

Trial

Fourniret has confessed to nine murders, including that of 13-year-old Manayna Thumpong, who disappeared in France in 2001. The killer has led police to some of the bodies of his victims.

The charges relate to six murders in France and one in Belgium.

Fourniret's trial is expected to take place later this year in the French town of Charleville-Mezieres, in the Ardennes region which borders Belgium.

The trial will be the first to be conducted jointly by the French and Belgian judiciaries.


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