French health authorities say an elderly patient being treated for E.coli in Bordeaux has died.
The 78-year-old woman had spent the past week in intensive care. But her death is not thought to be linked to the current outbreak that has affected several people.
Officials say that unlike six other patients, the woman had not been infected by the rare strain that has killed almost 50 people in Germany.
Sales of vegetable seeds from a British gardening firm were halted after authorities said patients had eaten beansprouts grown from them.
However the company said the link was unsubstantiated.
Reports say the woman who has died had not eaten beansprouts, unlike others who attended a fair at a leisure centre near Bordeaux last month.
An inquiry found that several people had suffered from digestive problems that were not serious.