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Murder suspect returns to France
Youssef Fofana at Abidjan airport
Ivorian security personnel handed Mr Fofana to French soldiers
The chief suspect in a French torture and murder case that has shocked the country is back in France after his extradition from Ivory Coast.

Youssef Fofana, a Frenchman of Ivorian decent, arrived at Roissy airport near Paris aboard a military plane.

He is accused of leading a gang that killed a young Jew, Ilan Halimi, who was found naked and bound with horrific injuries last month.

The killing has led to huge protests in France against anti-Semitism.

The suspected gang leader was arrested in Abidjan on 23 February after allegedly travelling there following the murder.


Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo signed the extradition order on Friday.

Ivorian Minister of Justice and Human Rights Kone Mamadou said: "It is a sign of a very good co-operation between France and the Ivory Coast."

Mr Halimi was found three weeks after he was abducted.

French ministers and police said he was targeted because he was a Jew and therefore thought to be rich.

Tens of thousands of people have attended protests in France against racism and anti-Semitism.

A convicted petty criminal, Mr Fofana has allegedly admitted the kidnap, but denied murder.

He has also allegedly told Ivorian authorities Mr Halimi's religion was not a factor.

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