Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

Will France repatriate its collection of 19th century Algerian skulls?

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'The Dancer', 'Aquarius' and 'Dogs'

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

War in Syria: Residents recount ordeal of life in Aleppo

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Shimon Peres’ Quixotic battle for Israeli-Palestinian peace

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Sarkozy's friends, ongoing cases, bothers

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Can oil producers agree to cut supply?

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Women terrorists are 'probably the future', says ex-CIA agent

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Malian jihadist jailed for nine years for destroying ancient Timbuktu shrines

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Juncker and Schulz debate the future of Europe

Read more

France

Stolen wheelchair returned to limbless French athlete

© afp

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-08-13

Stolen five days ago, the wheelchair of a handicapped sportsman who gained notoriety for swimming across the English Channel in 2010 was returned to its owner after he made a public plea to get it back.

A quadruple amputee in France who won fame in 2010 for swimming across the English Channel was reunited with his stolen wheelchair on Monday evening, after an impassioned public plea for its return.

Philippe Croizon, 45, announced on Twitter that the wheelchair – a custom-built, all terrain vehicle worth more than 20,000 euros – had been found abandoned in a parking lot.

“After he saw the story on TF1 [news broadcast] a man called me on the telephone…” Croizon said. “Thank you to the Internet users, you were incredible… thank you to the medias. Thank you to the police.”

The wheelchair was stolen along with the trailer it was being stored in on Thursday night in France’s northwestern Seine-Maritime department.

The driver of a bus for handicapped persons found it on Friday morning. Not knowing who it belonged to, the unnamed driver put it in safe-keeping until he saw a news report about the theft, BFM television reported on its website.

Earlier in the day, Croizon emplored the thieves to return the machine, saying it took him over a year to raise the funds necessary for its purchase.

“Keep the trailer, just return the wheelchair,” the star disabled swimmer had urged via numerous interviews in the French media on Monday.

“It’s a beautiful summer story, that will restore confidence and hope to all handicapped people,” Croizon said after his wheelchair was returned.

Date created : 2013-08-12

  • FRANCE

    French amputee swimming star's wheelchair stolen

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Quadriplegic Frenchman successfully swims English Channel

    Read more

COMMENT(S)