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Frenchman partially cuts off own penis after taking LSD

A Frenchman will seriously regret taking LSD after he attacked his girlfriend, partially cut his own penis off, and jumped out of a second storey window, during what appeared to be a very bad trip.

Frenchman partially cuts off own penis after taking LSD
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The man’s nightmare experience on the hallucinogenic drug occurred in a neighbourhood of the northern city of Lille, called Fives, reported France 3 Nord Pas de Calais.

Firefighters were called out at around 5am after reports that a man had jumped from the second storey window.

He was said to be in a serious condition when they arrived and was still “very agitated”, according to reports.

His life however was not in danger.

His partner, who he apparently attacked, was also hospitalized with light injuries.

It is believed there were also others in the apartment when he “had his fit of madness”.

Reports did not say how or at what point in the evening the man severed part of his penis.

In 2013 The Local reported a controversial study by Norwegian scientists who concluded that taking LSD, or acid as it also known, had benefits.

Tales of debilitating acid flash-backs and permanently frazzled synapses are exaggerated, according to the scientific report, which concluded LSD use may even be beneficial.

“There were no significant associations between lifetime use of any psychedelics, or use of LSD in the past year, and increased rate of any of the mental health outcomes,” Pål-Ørjan Johansen and Teri Krebs from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim concluded in their study published in the PLOS One journal on Tuesday. 
 
“Rather, in several cases psychedelic use was associated with a lower rate of mental health problems.”

However the 30-year-old Frenchman from Lille may have something to say about that as he nurses his wounds and recovers from a very bad trip.

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French minister calls for Eurovision winner to be disqualified if singer fails drug test

France's Europe minister on Monday called for "total transparency" over speculation that one of Italy's victorious Eurovision contestants used cocaine during the song contest, saying it should be grounds for disqualification if confirmed.

French minister calls for Eurovision winner to be disqualified if singer fails drug test
France's entry, Barbara Pravi, said she didn't care whether Måneskin had used drugs or not. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Damiano David, the outlandish vocalist for Italian rockers Måneskin, has agreed to take a drug test after video footage appeared to show him snorting something from a table backstage during Saturday’s contest.

“I think there needs to be no doubt here, and total transparency,” Europe Minister Clement Beaune, who attended the show in Rotterdam, told RMC radio. “If there is a problem, there are penalties… Provisions are made for sanctioning measures, including potential disqualification in case of problems.” 

French hopes had been riding high on singer Barbara Pravi, who was a bookmakers’ favourite to end France’s 44-year Eurovision drought with her
moody ballad “Voila.”

But she was edged out at the last minute by a surge in public votes for Måneskin, with a final tally of 524 to Pravi’s 499.

“I don’t want to be a sore loser,” Beaune said, but “in terms of image, we can’t let people think that such competitions can result in such behaviour.”

The president of France’s public broadcasting group, however, said Monday that France would not contest its second-place finish, no matter the speculation over David’s backstage antics.

“France has absolutely no intention to lodge an appeal,” France Televisions chief Delphine Ernotte told the Parisien newspaper. “The vote was quite clearly in Italy’s favour — it didn’t steal its
victory and that’s what matters,” she said.

Pravi herself said she was not interested in the speculation.

“What’s true is that they were chosen by both the public and the jury. Afterwards, if they use drugs or they put their underwear on backwards or whatever… it’s not my problem,” she told France 2 television on Sunday.

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