A British woman has been shot while hunting wild boar in northern France.
The hunting party was crossing a cornfield in Goudelin, Brittany, when the 67-year-old woman was injured “above the heart”.
It was reportedly fired by a 69-year-old man with his rifle mounted on his shoulder with the “barrel pointed backwards”.
She was taken to hospital in Saint-Brieuc but could not be rescued and died just after noon on Sunday, prosecutor Nicolas Heitz said.
French police launched a manslaughter investigation and took the man into custody for questioning.
“The hunters were advancing through a field of corn silage when one of them, a 69-year-old man, fired his shoulder rifle, the barrel pointing backwards, under circumstances that have not yet been established,” prosecutors said.
“The shot struck his companion… and the bullet caused a penetrating wound across the heart.”
Mr Heitz said the exact circumstances surrounding the shooting were still unclear, but initial tests showed the shooter was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Earlier this year, a hiker was accidentally killed by a young girl who was also hunting wild boar.
The stray bullet killed the 25-year-old woman as she walked with a friend along a marked trail near Aurillac in southern France.
Her death sparked calls for stricter hunting regulations. The 17-year-old shooter received her hunting license when she was 16.
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