April 04 - Police investigate after the naked body of prominent French academic Richard Descoings is found in a New York hotel room. Paul Chapman reports.
The naked body of French academic Richard Descoings was found in a room at this New York hotel. The death of one of France's most prominent academics is being treated as suspicious. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has offered his condolences to Descoings' family and friends. Descoings was director of France's Institute of Political Studies. It's widely seen as an elite school for the nation's top officials and politicians. He was also a member of the French Council of State. The alarm was raised when 53-year-old Descoings failed to show up for a conference at Columbia University. Hotel staff discovered the body, and the room in disarray. New York Police are investigating. Paul Chapman, Reuters