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Top French lawyer found dead

One of the most high-profile lawyers in France has been found dead on a beach in Brittany.

Among his clients, 63-year-old Olivier Metzner defended the Societe Generale rogue trader Jerome Kerviel and Continental Airlines when it was accused of causing the Paris Concorde crash.

Other high profile clients included former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin in the Clearstream case and rock star Bertrand Cantat, when he was accused of killing his girlfriend.

A police source said a suicide note was found at Metzner’s house on his privately-owned island – Boedic – in the Morbihan Gulf, off the coast of Brittany

Always seen with his trademark big cigar outside of court, the lawyer with a larger-than-life personality was respected for his in-depth understanding of very complicated cases.

A colleague, Antonin Levy, said Metzner’s death represented a huge loss to the French bar, calling him a “great lawyer and a fighter”.

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