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Schull, west Cork, in the area where Toscan du Plantier was murdered. Haydn West/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Toscan Du Plantier

French police travel to Ireland over Toscan du Plantier murder

Investigators from France are believed to be planning to travel to Ireland to carry out forensic tests in their search for Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s killer.

FRENCH POLICE PLAN TO travel to Ireland to carry out forensic tests in their investigation into the murder of French woman Sophie Toscan du Plantier in west Cork almost 15 years ago.

The Star reports that the police could arrive next month to examine the murder weapon as well as clothing the 39-year-old was wearing when she was killed.

Toscan du Plantier’s body was discovered outside of her house near Skibbereen in December 1996.

No one has been charged with the murder.

French authorities became involved in the case after it remained unsolved for over a decade, and in July 2008 a French judge ordered the exhumation of the filmmaker’s body to allow a new post-mortem to be carried out.

Separately, the decision on whether to extradite journalist Ian Bailey to France as part of the investigation will be made by the High Court next month. Bailey has always denied any involvement in Toscan du Plantier’s death.

Read more in Michael O’Toole’s report in today’s edition of the Star >

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