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July 29, 1997 | From Associated Press
A French appeals court reduced the sentence Monday for a Church of Scientology leader convicted of involuntary homicide in the suicide of a member. The case centered on the March 1988 suicide of Patrice Vic, 31, who jumped out a window. Prosecutors said Vic was under pressure from the church to take a $5,000 "purification treatment," including daily saunas and a diet low in sugar and high in vitamins.
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July 29, 1997 | From Associated Press
A French appeals court reduced the sentence Monday for a Church of Scientology leader convicted of involuntary homicide in the suicide of a member. The case centered on the March 1988 suicide of Patrice Vic, 31, who jumped out a window. Prosecutors said Vic was under pressure from the church to take a $5,000 "purification treatment," including daily saunas and a diet low in sugar and high in vitamins.
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May 3, 1993 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
French leaders and citizens of all political stripes Sunday mourned the suicide of Pierre Beregovoy, son of a Normandy grocer, who rose to direct the French economy and served as prime minister until his Socialist Party was defeated in elections in March. "He wasn't like the others," said a weeping French worker interviewed on French television. "He was a man of the people."
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December 24, 1995 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a remote, forested plateau in the French Alps, police on Saturday found 16 charred bodies, most arranged in a star formation around a campfire, in an apparent mass suicide by the same doomsday cult that led 53 people to their deaths in eerily similar rituals last year.
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July 8, 1990 | From Associated Press
The president of the French branch of the Church of Scientology and five colleagues have been arrested in a probe of alleged fraud and illegal practice of medicine, court and church officials said Saturday. The president, Daniele Gounord, was arrested Friday in Paris along with the church's treasurer and the head of a church foundation.
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January 19, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Veronique Le Guen, who for 111 days lived in dank underworld isolation, has been found dead in a car, an apparent suicide, police said Thursday. The cave explorer was 33 and died of an apparent overdose of barbiturates. Her body was discovered in a car in northeastern Paris, said police, who called the death a suicide. There was no indication how long she had been in the car.
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December 24, 1995 | SCOTT KRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a remote, forested plateau in the French Alps, police on Saturday found 16 charred bodies, most arranged in a star formation around a campfire, in an apparent mass suicide by the same doomsday cult that led 53 people to their deaths in eerily similar rituals last year.
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May 2, 1993 | From Reuters
Former Prime Minister Pierre Beregovoy, deeply stung by allegations of impropriety over an interest-free loan he took from a businessman friend, committed suicide Saturday. He was 67. Beregovoy, whose Socialist government was defeated in a right-wing landslide in general elections in March, shot himself in the head with his bodyguard's pistol in his hometown of Nevers, 125 miles south of Paris. Firefighters found him on the bank of a canal after his driver phoned authorities.
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April 14, 1985 | From Reuters
An Armenian terrorist jailed near Paris has hanged himself in his cell, the French Justice Ministry reported Saturday. Aram Basmadjian, convicted of a 1981 attack at the Turkish Consulate in Paris, hanged himself Friday night from his cell bars in the Fleury-Merogis prison south of Paris, a ministry spokeswoman said.
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November 11, 1986 | Associated Press
An explosion resulting from a suicide attempt using cooking gas destroyed part of a six-story apartment building in a Paris suburb Monday, killing an adult and a 6-year-old child and injuring 13 people, four seriously, police said. Officers said 23-year-old Philippe Autrut, who was seriously burned in the blast, confirmed under questioning in the hospital that he had opened the gas taps on the cooking stove in his second floor apartment, then lit a last cigarette.
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May 3, 1993 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
French leaders and citizens of all political stripes Sunday mourned the suicide of Pierre Beregovoy, son of a Normandy grocer, who rose to direct the French economy and served as prime minister until his Socialist Party was defeated in elections in March. "He wasn't like the others," said a weeping French worker interviewed on French television. "He was a man of the people."
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May 2, 1993 | From Reuters
Former Prime Minister Pierre Beregovoy, deeply stung by allegations of impropriety over an interest-free loan he took from a businessman friend, committed suicide Saturday. He was 67. Beregovoy, whose Socialist government was defeated in a right-wing landslide in general elections in March, shot himself in the head with his bodyguard's pistol in his hometown of Nevers, 125 miles south of Paris. Firefighters found him on the bank of a canal after his driver phoned authorities.
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July 8, 1990 | From Associated Press
The president of the French branch of the Church of Scientology and five colleagues have been arrested in a probe of alleged fraud and illegal practice of medicine, court and church officials said Saturday. The president, Daniele Gounord, was arrested Friday in Paris along with the church's treasurer and the head of a church foundation.
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January 19, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Veronique Le Guen, who for 111 days lived in dank underworld isolation, has been found dead in a car, an apparent suicide, police said Thursday. The cave explorer was 33 and died of an apparent overdose of barbiturates. Her body was discovered in a car in northeastern Paris, said police, who called the death a suicide. There was no indication how long she had been in the car.
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November 11, 1986 | Associated Press
An explosion resulting from a suicide attempt using cooking gas destroyed part of a six-story apartment building in a Paris suburb Monday, killing an adult and a 6-year-old child and injuring 13 people, four seriously, police said. Officers said 23-year-old Philippe Autrut, who was seriously burned in the blast, confirmed under questioning in the hospital that he had opened the gas taps on the cooking stove in his second floor apartment, then lit a last cigarette.
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April 14, 1985 | From Reuters
An Armenian terrorist jailed near Paris has hanged himself in his cell, the French Justice Ministry reported Saturday. Aram Basmadjian, convicted of a 1981 attack at the Turkish Consulate in Paris, hanged himself Friday night from his cell bars in the Fleury-Merogis prison south of Paris, a ministry spokeswoman said.
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February 29, 2000 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Scientology, the Los Angeles-based religion treated with suspicion and hostility by several Western European governments, is now under siege in France, where an official report has called for disbanding church operations here. A blue-ribbon government panel studying what French officials define as "sects" has concluded that the faith, founded by the late U.S. science fiction writer L.
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