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Man leaps to death over eviction

2012-10-02 21:53

Toulouse - A Frenchman committed suicide by throwing himself out of his third-floor apartment window when a bailiff arrived to tell him he was being evicted for not paying his rent, police said on Tuesday.

The 59-year-old died on the way to hospital after making the leap on Monday from his home in Cugnaux in southwestern France.

His apartment building is managed by an organisation that specialises in social housing.

They had sent the tenant numerous letters and tried to help him resolve the large debts he had run up and to pay the several months of rent he owed, according to a local newspaper.

Police said they have opened an investigation into the death and prosecutors ordered an autopsy.