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A former French soldier with links to far-right groups has been charged with the murder of Argentine rugby star Federico Aramburu.

The Stade Francais Paris Rugby announced in a statement last month that former Argentina international Aramburo had died in Paris.

Former Argentina international Federico Aramburu, 42, was shot and killed after an argument at a bar in Paris last month.

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Former Argentina international Federico Aramburu, 42, was shot and killed after an argument at a bar in Paris last month.Credit: AFP
Former French soldier Leuk Le Friol (center) has been charged with murder.

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Former French soldier Leuk Le Friol (center) has been charged with murder.Credit: AFP

Leuque Le Friol, a former Marine commando who is also a member of the far-right movement, is accused of firing at ex-Arambureau after an argument at a bar in Saint-Germain des Prés in Paris on March 19.

Aramburu, 42, died on the spot.

Le Friol, who served in Mali and Djibouti, was arrested four days later under a European arrest warrant at the Jahoni border between Hungary and Ukraine.

Hungarian police said Le Friol said he had gone to Ukraine to fight a Russian invasion of the country.

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He was extradited to France on Thursday and held in custody.

The suspect had already been sentenced to four months of probation in 2017 for assault after leaving a nightclub.

Two others were charged with murder and detained.

Le Priol’s close friend, Romain Bouvier, 31, has been charged with two counts of murder and possession of a weapon. He is also charged with shooting Aramburu.

A 24-year-old woman who appeared as Le Friol’s girlfriend has been charged with “conspiracy to kill”.

She is charged with driving a vehicle belonging to Le Priol on the evening of the incident.

Mourners gather for a funeral in Biarritz on March 26.

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Mourners gather for a funeral in Biarritz on March 26.Credit: AFP

Aramburu was shot and killed in the early hours of March 19, after he and several friends got into an argument with another group at a cafe in Paris’s fashionable Saint-Germain district.

After leaving the cafe, it is believed that Le Priol and other suspects returned and shot a few shots at the car in Aramburu.

Aramburu played as center or wing, winning 22 Argentine matches, including the 2007 World Cup in France, where Puma scored a goal beating the hosts in the 3rd place playoffs.

He played club rugby in France for Biarritz, Perpignan and Dax from 2004 to 2010, winning the Top 14 twice with Biarritz and later joining the club’s board of directors.

After retiring from sports, Aramburu lived in Biarritz and worked for a tourism company.

Le Friol, with gray hair and a mustache in black, greeted the court’s ruling on Friday, smiling at his lawyers in a black jacket.

After the hearing, lawyer Xavier Nogueras said he had nothing to add to what his client had to say in court.

Nogeras requested a closed hearing, saying Le Friol’s family faces “clear death threats from those who claim to be members of the Basque community, the extreme left and the extreme left.”

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