Report - Ian Bailey to be charged in France over murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier

Ian Bailey
Ian Bailey

Reports in France are claiming that French authorities have charged Ian Bailey with the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in west Cork almost 20 years ago.

The 59-year-old English man has always denied he had anything to do with the death of the French woman on December 23, 1996.

Bailey, who moved to west Cork more than 24 years ago, was arrested twice over the murder but never charged.

He sued the State and An Garda Siochana for wrongful arrest and conspiracy last year but lost after a lengthy hearing.
The 39-year-old French film producer was beaten to death on a freezing night outside her holiday home near Schull, west Cork.

The French authorities, frustrated at the progress made by the Irish investigators, launched their own probe into the murder in 2008 and sought to extradite Bailey in 2011, a request that was rejected by the Supreme Court.

French journalist Jean Phillipe Deniau has tweeted about the expected developments.