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Spanish police hunt French double murder suspect in the Pyrenees

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Spanish police hunt French double murder suspect in the Pyrenees
The home of Gabriel Fourmigue, 55, and Aurelie Pardon, 32, both teachers in a college in Tarbes, southwestern France, who were shot dead in the village of Pouyastruc on July 5th 2022. Two days after their double murder, the hunt for Cedric Tauleygne, the ex-companion of Aurelie Pardon, is still actively sought by the Spanish police in the region of Jaca in Aragón. (Photo by BASTIEN ARBERET / AFP)

Aragonese police on Wednesday were on the hunt for a man suspected of killing two teachers in a French village across the border, a spokeswoman said.

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The pair were shot dead on Monday afternoon in a village near the town of Tarbes, where they both worked, with the suspected gunman fleeing on a motorcycle, a source close to the French inquiry told AFP.

His motorcycle was found abandoned on the Spanish side of the border in the northeastern Aragón region, prompting Spanish police to pick up the search on Tuesday, a source close to the inquiry told AFP.

Since then police had been carrying out "a full search" of the area around Jaca, a town that lies about 200 kilometres (124 miles) southwest of Tarbes, a police spokeswoman said.

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The search continued through the night and "is ongoing", she said, without giving further details.

Neither French nor Spanish police gave any details about the suspect's identity.

The teachers were shot dead in Pouyastruc village on Monday, prosecutors said.

The first victim, a 32-year-old woman, was found lying in the street by neighbours, while other, a man of 55, was found dead in his home, just metres away, the prosecutor said.

The suspect, who is in his 30s, was the woman's former partner, a source close to the inquiry said.

They had two children together and were in the process of separating, suggesting the murders may have been a crime of passion.

The woman, identified as Aurelie Pardon, taught French at the school in Tarbes while the man, Gabriel Fourmigue, was a sports teacher at the same establishment who was known for representing France in bobsleigh at international level in the early 1990s.

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