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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Briton dies in Cannes after brawl 'over cost of drinks at lapdancing club'

 

Thirty-seven-year-old Lee Elton Fischer, a trade delegate from London, was visiting the French Riviera city, home of the world-famous Cannes Film Festival, with two friends. It has been claimed that Mr Fischer sparked a fight in the belief that he had been 'ripped off' during a night out with colleagues on Sunday. A spokesperson for the local police confirmed that Mr Fischer appeared to have been hit several times in the face, before dying after his head struck the pavement. Police have arrested three French nationals in connection with the incident and the men, all aged between 25 and 30, are now being questioned on suspicion of manslaughter. Officers investigating his death said Mr Fischer and three friends drank five or six pints at a bar before they arrived at the lap-dancing club. But Mr Fischer left after just one drink, apparently outraged by the price. 'He believed he had been ripped off so he left the bar,' a police source said. 'Outside he saw a guy who was handing out fliers for another lap-dancing club. 'He was very angry so he started to shout at the man.' A fight broke out, which drew in friends of both men, and Mr Fischer was dealt a blow which knocked him to the ground. He died at the scene around 3.30am. A Foreign Office spokesman said: 'We can confirm the death of a British national in Cannes on September 18th. 'Next of kin are aware and we are providing consular assistance.' An investigation has been launched into exactly what happened to Mr Fischer and a post-mortem examination will now be held

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