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Frenchman, 85, dies fleeing retirement home

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Frenchman, 85, dies fleeing retirement home
An 85-year-old man (not pictured here) died escaping his French retirement home. Photo: Jean-sebastian Evrard/AFP
15:41 CEST+02:00
An 85-year-old Frenchman trying to flee from his retirement home fell to his death when the bed sheets he'd tied together to escape from his second floor came apart, according to media reports on Tuesday.

A two-storey fall killed an 85-year-old Frenchman as he tried to escape out of a window at a retirement home, French daily Le Parisien reported on Tuesday.

The fatal fall happened around 5:30am on Tuesday at a retirement home in the town of Darnétal in Northern France, that is based inside hospital Durécu-Lavoisier.

It appears the elderly gentlemen forced open the security window in his room and then, using a chord made of bedsheets knotted together, he set about sliding down the wall.

But as the Parisien reported, “the sheets apparently didn’t hold together.”

There was no immediate word on what prompted the escape attempt. A probe has been launched in order to determine the exact circumstances of the man’s death.

Escapes from hospitals and retirement homes aren't that unusual.

In fact, The Local reported on a similar story last year, when an 82-year-old man tried to escape a hospital in Eastern France through an air shaft. A search and rescue dog later picked up his scent after he had been missing for a day. 

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