Girl got into suspect’s car

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French lawyer Bernard Maraud answers journalists' questions. AFP

LYON (AFP) – The man charged with kidnapping a nine-year-old French girl during a wedding in the Alps has admitted during police questioning that she got into his car but denies abducting her, his lawyer said yesterday. A week after Maelys de Araujo went missing in Pont-de-Beauvoisin, a 34-year-old man was remanded in custody on Sunday on charges of “kidnapping, illegal confinement or arbitrary detention”. The man was a guest at the wedding that Maelys was at when she went missing on Sunday, August 27. Her DNA was found in his car, which was cleaned the day after the wedding. The suspect’s lawyer Bernard Meraud said his client told police that Maelys “got into his car with a little boy” but his client “completely denied” kidnapping her. Maelys is still missing.

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