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In the middle of a workout, a man destroys Charlemagne d’Aloxe-Corton’s cross and loses a testicle

In Côte d’Or, the sports session of a fifty-year-old turned into a tragedy. The cross of Charlemagne of the town, offered by the Hospices de Beaune in 1943, was found in pieces. Seriously injured, the man was transported to Dijon University Hospital.

The unusual mixes with the vagueness. In Aloxe-Corton, a small town of 135 inhabitants located in the Côte-d’Or department (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté), gendarmes discovered, Tuesday, September 7, Charlemagne’s cross in pieces as well as “Blood, straps and a sports mat”, as reported The Public Good .

Questioned by our colleagues, the gendarmes explained “Suspecting an athlete to be at the origin of the degradations” due to the equipment discovered on site. They then began research in several sports shops in the region, as well as in the nearby hospital. They then learn that a fifty-seven-year-old man, victim of a landslide, was rushed to Dijon University Hospital. In serious condition, he notably lost a testicle in the battle.

“I found the area pretty”

Found by the gendarmes, the man explains having inadvertently destroyed the cross during his sports session. “I found the area pretty”, he argued sheepishly. The destroyed Charlemagne cross was offered by the Hospices de Beaune in 1943 to the town, before it was ceded following a previous destruction to the Louis-Latour wine estate, one of the largest in this region. dedicated to wine. Contacted by Le Figaro, the domain assesses the damage “Several thousand euros”: “We put down a handrail to get the identity of the man. But there was no will to harm. It’s just a big mistake.»

On social networks, the story did not fail to make Internet users react, some of whom took up this incredible story with humor.

Others took the opportunity to joke about the health pass and the inability to go to a gym, while trying to investigate: “I imagine that he did not have the health pass to go to the gym and that he will have hung something on the Charlemagne cross to train”, comments a user.


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