Federico Aramburu

A French ex-soldier has been charged with the murder of Argentine rugby star Federico Martin Aramburu, and placed in pre-trial detention. Photo: PA

RIP: Former Pumas player killed in Paris drive-by shooting

Former Argentina player Federico Aramburu was killed in Paris on Saturday in a drive-by shooting following a dispute in a bar.

Federico Aramburu

A French ex-soldier has been charged with the murder of Argentine rugby star Federico Martin Aramburu, and placed in pre-trial detention. Photo: PA

Federico Aramburu, the former Argentine rugby international who played on French sides for most of his career, was killed in Paris on Saturday in a drive-by shooting following a dispute in a bar, sources close to the inquiry told AFP.

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The attack occurred in the chic Saint-Germain district on the Left Bank where Aramburu and some friends were having burgers and about to call it a night at around 06:00.

They got into a heated argument with another group of patrons at the Mabillon bar before being separated by bouncers, but the other group later returned in a car and fired several shots, one police source said.

“There was an altercation, as there can be at the end of the evening. It was settled but the men came back and fired at Aramburu, who took three bullets,” said a former Biarritz Olympique player who was with him, asking to remain anonymous.

“Several bullet marks” were found on the spot, added a source close to the investigation, and Aramburu died at the scene as a result of his injuries.

Federico Aramburu won 22 caps for Argentina

A murder investigation has been opened, the Paris prosecutor’s office said, and the suspects were still being sought on Saturday.

Aramburu, 42, was a back who won 22 Argentina caps and played in the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, scoring a try as the Pumas beat the hosts in the third-place playoff.

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

Since his retirement from sport, he had lived in Biarritz and worked for a tourism company.

A tribute was held on Saturday night at the Stade de France stadium during the France-England clash, the last game of the 2022 Six Nations tournament, the French Rugby Federation said.

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By Garrin Lambley © Agence France-Presse