Two men arrested over rape of nine-year-old girl in rural France
Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the kidnap and rape of a nine-year-old girl in rural France.
Police said the men were driving a stolen car when they were arrested in Saumur village on Monday evening.
One of the men is suspected of raping both the child and a 73-year-old woman, local media report. DNA tests are now being carried out by local police.
The child was abducted by a man in a Citroën car while she was walking to buy bread in Villiers on Sunday.
According to local media, the abduction triggered a major search with both gendarmes and local police officers from nearby Poitiers being deployed, along with a search helicopter.
The girl was found shortly after she went missing and was taken to Poitiers University Hospital, where she is still being cared for.
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The other rape, of the 73-year-old woman, was allegedly committed on Friday.
Speaking to reporters, the mayor of Villiers earlier suggested the suspect was "a man [from] outside" the village.
However, officials have not released any information about the suspects.