French Man Commits Suicide Month After Being Set On Fire Inside His Car in Random Attack

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A 52-year-old French man was found dead in Val-d’Oise one month after he had been subjected to a random attack where criminals robbed him and set fire to his car with the victim still inside.

The man, identified as David M., was found hanged from a tree in the Montmorency forest earlier this week around a month and a half after he had been subjected to the brutal assault in Neuville-Bosc which had left him traumatised, Le Parisien reports.

On the day of the assault, a man approached the passenger side of the Volkswagen Golf driven by the 52-year-old at around 7 am in the morning. The man broke the passenger side window and then beat David M. in the head and then forced him to drive to a bank machine while an accomplice followed in another vehicle.

The men threatened the 52-year-old and made him withdraw several hundred euros and then, according to a source close to the investigation, drove him and his car to a nearby cemetery, locked him in, and set the car on fire.

The criminals ran away immediately after starting the blaze and David M. was able to crawl out of the car with burns to his face. He was able to walk a few hundred yards to a nearby house whose residents called the emergency services.

Police claim they are still investigating the incident more than a month on.

The brutal assault is just the latest in many vicious random attacks that have been reported across France in recent months, many occurring in some of the country’s troubled heavily migrant-populated suburbs around major cities like Paris.

According to some estimates, France sees 777 random violent attacks every day, some of which have been excessively violent like an attack that occurred in February in Clichy-Sous-Bois that saw three African migrants beat a man and eat parts of his cheek and ear. The three were charged not only with assault but also with cannibalism. 

 Follow Chris Tomlinson on Twitter at @TomlinsonCJ or email at ctomlinson(at) 


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