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Famous French Lawyer’s Body Found Washed up on Shore

Hemera/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- One of France's most notable lawyers was found dead of an apparent suicide on Sunday.

Olivier Metzner's body was found at about 9:00 a.m. Sunday, floating off the shore of an island that he owned in Brittany's Bay of Morbihan. Metzner left behind a note, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office told Bloomberg News.

The 63-year-old Metzner represented a number of high-profile clients during his career, including former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin. He also defended Continental Airlines in the case of the Concorde crash in 2000.

According to Bloomberg, Metzner began his career defending gang members and gained notoriety by getting his clients freed on technicalities. Financial law was considered his expertise.

The results of an autopsy will be announced on Monday, according to Bloomberg.

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