A 31-year-old man has been arrested after confessing to the murder (Image: AFP)

A 14-year-old girl has been kidnapped, raped and murdered in France.

The teenager, known locally as Vanessa, was reportedly put in a car as she left school in Tonneins, in the southwest of the country.

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Her body was found by police in an abandoned house.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape and murder.

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The prosecutor in Agen, southern France, told reporters on Saturday that when police tried to arrest the man at his home in the southern French town of Marmande, he said, “I know why you’re here,” and confessed.

Authorities said the man had previously received a 15-day suspended sentence for sexually assaulting another minor in 2006, when the suspect was just 15.

Tonneins mayor Dante Rinaudo told reporters on Monday that Vanesa’s parents, who are of Colombian descent, want to bury their daughter in Grenada, Spain, where the family lived for several years before moving to France.

An online fundraiser has been launched to support the family and Mr Rinaudo added that he will organize a march for the victim on Friday.

This photo of Vanessa, 14, was shared by her family’s lawyers (Image: AFP)

People watch flowers outside the gates of Germillac College on November 21, 2022 in Tonneins, south-west France, after a 14-year-old girl was abducted outside school and found dead in an abandoned house.  - A 31-year-old man was arrested after he had confessed to the murder.  (Photo by MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP) (Photo by MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP via Getty Images)

People watch flowers at the gates of Germillac College on November 21 (Photo: AFP)

The Tonneins incident comes just weeks after France was rocked by the brutal murder of a 12-year-old girl named Lola.

Her battered body was found in a suitcase outside her home in Paris.

The main suspect in this case, a 24-year-old woman, is charged with murder, rape and torture.

Lola’s murder became a source of political tension, with opposition parties using the profile of the suspect – an illegal immigrant – to call for stricter immigration policies.

In both cases, the far-right opposition has criticized the judiciary and politicians for being soft on crime and not doing enough to keep dangerous individuals off the streets.

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