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Couple held after police discover babies’ bodies

A French couple were in custody yesterday after police found the bodies of eight newborn babies on their property in a village in northern France, a judicial official said.

The official said the couple, in their mid-40s, were the parents of the dead babies, and that the remains were found in two different parts of the property in Villers-au-Tertre, not far from the city of Lille. No other information was immediately available.

The prosecutor for the Nord region is planning to hold a news conference today.

France has seen a string of cases in recent years of mothers killing their newborn babies.

In one case, Celine Lesage acknowledged in court in March that she killed six of her newborns, whose bodies were found in plastic bags in her basement. Another Frenchwoman, Veronique Courjault, was convicted last year of murdering three of her newborn children. Her husband discovered two bodies in a freezer.

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