Murder of a French Businessman in Mexico – Some of the articles that we will provide are articles that we summarize from reliable sources, the following are articles that discuss the murder of French businessmen in Mexico.
A man was found dead on Saturday, November 28, 2020 in the south of the Mexican capital, Mexico City. The man’s body was identified as a French national, named Baptiste Lormand, aged 45.
Baptiste Lormand is an expatriate who also has Mexican nationality. He is a restaurateur, and several of his restaurants are in the upscale area of the Polanco neighborhood in Mexico City. He was reported missing on Friday and was only found on Saturday with his hands tied, body covered in blows and a gunshot wound to his head.
The murder sparked protests from the French community in Mexico City. Monday, November 30, 2020, they organized a protest demanding justice. Demonstrators lined up along Polanco’s main highway west of the affluent neighborhood to the Baptiste Lormand restaurant and then put flowers outside the nearby French embassy.
1. Local residents and business people take part in the demonstration
In the demonstration protesting to demand justice, the participants consisted not only of French expatriates but also of the European community, local residents and other businessmen. One person joining the ranks of the demonstrators carried a plaque which contained an inscription in Spanish which means: “When there is no justice, the authorities become accomplices” (1/12).
The Polanco region is a neighborhood of the elite and the wealthy. Many foreign diplomats, journalists and business people live in this ward. These areas tend to be safe when compared to other areas. In response to the murder of a businessman in a safe haven, members of the European community also staged a demonstration in Presidente Masaryk, one of the most luxurious streets in Mexico City on Monday afternoon.
The murder of the French businessman adds to the long list of murders that have taken place in Mexico City. Between January and November this year, at least 29,182 murders were recorded in the city. Last year, the murders in Mexico City recorded 35,588 lives lost as a result of the murders. Mexico City is one of the most dangerous cities in the world.
2. French businessman murdered along with his business partners
On Thursday, November 26, 2020, Baptiste Lormand and Luiz Orozco went out to sell merchandise in the southern part of Mexico City. The two were found dead with their hands tied, bodies from beatings and gunshots in a street south of the city.
According to an investigation by the local police, the two businessmen were killed because the perpetrators had intended to steal five bottles of expensive wine from the two of them. The five bottles of their expensive wine, according to the BBC, cost around $ 50,000.
Baptiste Lormand’s business partner initially thought that his friend was refusing to pay protection money. Others speculate that the French businessman was kidnapped by the perpetrators in search of ransom. But Mexico City police chief Omar Garcia Harfuch said the investigation was targeting “the perpetrator who wanted to steal his merchandise”.
3. Responses from officials in power
The statements of the Mexican City authorities were questioned by Baptiste Lormand’s business associates. A local news journalist, Ricardo Raphael, also doubted the information disclosed by the authorities. According to him, the information presented was absurd.
Another Baptiste Lormand business associate provided information that he recently purchased a stirrup for 500,000 Mexican pesos, or about Rp. 319 million.
Mexio City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said “We deeply regret this murder”. He also expressed his condolences as a form of solidarity with the victims’ families. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador also expressed regret for the crime. He acknowledged that “violent incidents” had damaged the capital.