The French government on Tuesday (22/11) expressed shock after a tax inspector was stabbed to death while trying to audit the books of a business owner in the north of the country.
The murder victim, a 43-year-old civil servant with the tax authority, was found dead Monday “most likely as a result of repeated stabbing”, the prosecutor’s office in the northern French city of Arras said.
The office said the suspected killer, a 46-year-old antiques dealer, was later believed to have killed himself with a firearm.
The suspect, described by the local mayor as an “ordinary man”, held the tax inspector and a female colleague during a tax audit of his business.
Budget Minister Gabriel Attal said the country was grieving for one of its citizens. He said it was “shocking” to learn that a civil servant was killed “for doing his job”.
The inspector arrived Monday afternoon at the antique dealer’s home to check his account accompanied by a colleague. Attal said agents are usually sent alone on tax inspection missions, but this time there was help due to tensions during previous visits to the antiquities dealer’s business.
The tax workers union said the case showed its members had “potentially hazardous” jobs. [my/em]