One of France's top criminal lawyers 'commits suicide'


Olivier Metzner had one of the most glittering legal careers in France, and was involved in famous cases such as Clearstream and the ongoing Bettencourt saga. But the man from a modest farming family is dead. His body was discovered floating off the private island he owned off Brittany and an apparent suicide note was in his pocket. Mediapart's legal affair specialist Michel Deléan pays tribute to this hard-working loner who in his rare leisure time enjoyed cigars, sailing and opera.


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It was still a secret, but Olivier Metzner's latest project was to restore a property in Malta and to go sailing in the Mediterranean. But those plans ended abruptly on Sunday morning when the celebrated French lawyer's body was found floating off the shore of the private island he owned in the Gulf of Morbihan in Brittany in west France. A note apparently indicating his intention to take his own life was found on him. He was 63.