This wild story was first detailed by Stephane Pair, a radio reporter with France Info. From there, it was translated into English by The Local and has been picked up by the New York Daily News‘ David Harding.
However, for those who read French, the article de grace is without a doubt an earlier January 23 item in regional newspaper La Nouvelle Republique. You see, that’s the paper that the following unnamed criminal used to write for; and the report about his arrest for a series of armed robberies was written by the journalist who succeeded him. From the translated The Local write-up:
The 63-year-old former hack for French regional newspaper La Nouvelle Republique allegedly donned a wig, fake mustache, gloves and a hefty ‘Clint Eastwood’ revolver and began holding up stores in the [Bois] area.