Italian mafia suspected of shooting Monaco heiress

Italian mafia suspected of shooting Monaco heiress
Hélène Pastor is the head of a Monaco-based property dynasty. Photo: Artur Staszewski/Wikipedia
The Italian mafia is suspected of being behind the shooting of the 77-year-old head of one of Monaco’s richest families outside a hospital in Nice on Tuesday night.

Hélène Pastor, said to be close to Monaco’s Royal family, and her chauffeur, named by the French press as Mohammed D, were seriously injured after being shot outside the L’Archet Hospital in the southern French city.

A report in the French daily Le Figaro pointed to investigators suspecting that two of Italy’s most notorious organized crime groups, ‘Ndrangheta or the Camorra, could be behind the attack. Both clans are said to have gained a strong foothold on the French Riviera's property sector.

The pair was shot after visiting Pastor’s son, the head of a car firm, at the hospital, Nice Matin reported.

Pastor, the sister of Michel Pastor, the former chairman of AS Monaco football club who died in February, and her chauffeur underwent operations for wounds to the face, neck, chest and abdomen.

The Pastor family has a huge portfolio of property and land as part of a dynasty established by her grandfather.

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