Italian newsman dies after Paris metro assault

15th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 15, 2007 (AFP) - An Italian television journalist who was attacked in the Paris metro has died, police said Wednesday.

PARIS, Aug 15, 2007 (AFP) - An Italian television journalist who was attacked in the Paris metro has died, police said Wednesday.

Sergio Vantaggiato, who had been holidaying in the French capital, was declared brain dead when he was admitted to hospital after Sunday's attack in the Bir-Hakeim station at the foot of the Eiffel tower.

His condition was deemed irreversible and his artificial life support was unplugged on Tuesday night.

Vantaggiato, 40, a sports reporter with the private channel TeleRama, was set upon by two men who stole his rucksack. He gave chase down a metro corridor where he was found lying covered in blood.

His brother and eight-year-old son who were with him had stayed on the platform and did not see what happened.

Bir-Hakeim station is one of the last in the metro system not to be equipped with security cameras and prosecutors say they have no witnesses to the assault or what followed. An investigation has been opened.
 
The journalist was well known in Italy where for several years he had presented a football programme, "Corner".

AFP

Subject: French news

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