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French police hunt 'Canadian Psycho' in Paris

French police have been carrying out "targeted searches" for Luka Rocco Magnotta after Canadian investigators said the suspect boarded a France-bound plane on May 26 in Montreal.

PARIS // French police are hunting a pornographic actor dubbed the Canadian Psycho, saying they are certain he has been or still is in Paris.

"Investigators are certain" that Luka Rocco Magnotta "is or was in the Paris region and particularly in Paris since at least Friday," a police source said, citing witnesses and evidence, adding that they had no way of knowing whether the suspect was still in the French capital.

Magnotta, 29, is suspected of filming himself as he dismembered a man and mailing the body parts.

French police have been carrying out "targeted searches" for Magnotta after Canadian investigators said the suspect boarded a France-bound plane on May 26 in Montreal.

They have searched a bar and two hotels in a north-west district of Paris, the police source said.

A witness said he saw police on Friday visit the bar Le Petit Batignolles where they viewed security camera footage, showed a photograph of the suspect to the manager and left with empty bottles of Coke.

The daily Le Parisien reported that investigators had questioned the manager of a bar in the northern area of Batignolles who said Magnotta had a Coke there on Wednesday.

The suspect has been dubbed Canadian Psycho because a video circulating online shows a man stab another man with an ice pick and dismember him while a song from the film American Psycho plays in the background.