French soldier dies in Cyprus hotel fall

23rd October 2010, Comments 0 comments

A 26-year-old French soldier serving with the UN force in Lebanon was found dead on Saturday after falling from his hotel balcony in Cyprus's southern resort town of Limassol, authorities said.

Cypriot police have ruled out suspicious circumstances and believe the soldier -- whose name has not been released -- was under the influence of alcohol when he fell, after a heavy drinking session with colleagues.

State pathologist Eleni Antoniou said that "three empty bottles of hard spirits" found on the victim's third floor balcony was evidence that heavy drinking had taken place prior to the fall.

Police believe the man lost his balance while in a drunken state and fell to his death before being found at around 6:40 am local time (0340 GMT).

According to private TV channel Sigma four French soldiers were drinking in their hotel room until the early hours and at some stage three of them went to sleep leaving the 26-year-old on his own.

Reportedly they had come ashore on Friday and were due to depart on Monday.

© 2010 AFP

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