'Exhibitionist', 46, is shot dead by elderly nudist with a rifle in France
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‘Exhibitionist’, 46, is shot dead by elderly nudist after performing a sex act in front of shocked bathers on a French beach

  • The 46-year-old exhibitionist was gunned down at ‘La Mama’ beach near Lyon
  • La Mama beach is a popular spot officially designated for naturist use in 2007
  • Police said the man had shouted insults at bathers and began masturbating
  • A 76-year-old beachgoer took umbrage with his behaviour and shot him
  • The shooter, an avid hunter with a gun licence, did not resist when police arrived
  • His victim was hit multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene 

A man who allegedly performed a sex act in front of a woman on a nudist beach in France has been shot dead by a fellow beachgoer.

The 46-year-old exhibitionist was gunned down at ‘La Mama’ beach in the Grand parc Miribel-Jonage on the outskirts of Lyon around 10:30am local time on Saturday morning. 

The shooter, a 76-year-old nudist, reportedly took umbrage with the man who had shouted insults at the beachgoers and then began pleasuring himself while staring at another woman, according to French police.

After the two men got into an argument and the 46-year-old refused to take the discussion elsewhere, the elderly bather drew a hunting rifle from his pack and fired ‘at least three shots’, one of which hit his target in the chest.

France3 later reported the shooter was an avid hunter who had a firearm licence, though it was unclear why he had taken the gun to the beach. 

Police who arrived on the scene shortly after the shooting said the septuagenarian gave himself up without resistance and did not deny the shooting.

The victim meanwhile was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services.

The 46-year-old exhibitionist was gunned down at ‘La Mama’ beach in the Grand parc Miribel-Jonage (pictured) on the outskirts of Lyon around 10:30am local time on Saturday morning

La Mama beach was officially designated for naturist use in 2007, reinforcing France's reputation as the number one destination for naturists worldwide

La Mama beach was officially designated for naturist use in 2007, reinforcing France’s reputation as the number one destination for naturists worldwide

The beach was immediately closed off by police upon arrival and a forensic team set about examining the scene while officers began speaking to witnesses.

La Mama beach was officially designated for naturist use in 2007, reinforcing France’s reputation as the number one destination for naturists worldwide, and there were hundreds of bathers enjoying the sun on Saturday morning at the time of the shooting. 

The shooter was examined by doctors on Saturday evening to determine whether his age may preclude him from being taken into custody, but he was ultimately declared fit by medical personnel and detained. 

France3 said the 76-year-old is a sports shooter whose weapon is legally registered, but that his permit does not allow him to carry the weapon around in public freely.  

The Grand parc de Miribel-Jonage was created to help control the flooding of the Rhône river, and in the warmer months it is visited by naked bathers

The Grand parc de Miribel-Jonage was created to help control the flooding of the Rhône river, and in the warmer months it is visited by naked bathers

An murder inquiry has been launched and officers from gendarmerie of Trévoux are now investigating the incident. 

The victim is believed to have lived in the city of Lyon and had made the short trip to visit the beach on Saturday morning, though it is unclear whether he was a regular at the popular naturist spot.

The Grand parc de Miribel-Jonage was created to help control the flooding of the Rhône river. 

A series of lakes is surrounded by trees, grassland and pebble beaches, which in warmer months are frequented by naked bathers.

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