French teen sets himself on fire: officials

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A 16-year-old French boy was rushed to hospital Tuesday in a critical condition after setting himself on fire at his school, officials in Marseille said.

The boy doused himself in a flammable liquid in the toilets of his private school in the southern city and then set himself alight, rescue service officials said.

He has second and third degrees burns over 70 percent of his body, they said, adding that it was not immediately clear why he had carried out the act.

Hospital officials said the boy was in a critical condition.

A schoolmate told AFP that he had heard screams and ran out and saw the boy on fire running down the stairs towards the school yard and that a school worker had extinguished the flames.

An 18-year-old schoolboy from the southwestern town of Bordeaux has been in a coma since November 18 when he set himself on fire in his school.

© 2011 AFP

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