A man has reportedly admitted to murdering his wife, after appearing in press conferences crying and distraught following her death.
Alexia Daval's body was discovered underneath tree branches near the French town of Gray-la-Ville in October.
Jonathann Daval had been claiming that his wife simply went out for a jog and then never returned home, according to The Local.
As well as appearing in press conferences, the man also lead a run which had been arranged in memory of the 29-year-old.
His lawyers now claim he has admitted to killing the woman but alleges "it was an accident, that he did not want to do it and that he regrets it."
Lawyer Randall Schwerdorffer alleges that Daval strangled his wife but his motivation wasn't "criminal," adding that the couple had "very strong tensions."
He claimed: "Alexia had an overwhelming personality, so he felt diminished, stifled. At one point too many words were said, a fit of anger proved too much, and he couldn't control himself."
However, the comments have led to anger from gender equality campaigners.
Gender equality minister Marlene Schiappa said we need to “stop making excuses for domestic violence" claiming "it's not a personal drama, this is a murder."
She added: “I think we must stop minimising domestic violence, and stop finding excuses. There is nothing that can justify hitting your wife or partner."
Daval has now been charged with murder after initially being questioned as a witness when the case first began.