Vannes, France - Shock horror in Brittany this weekend at the news that a superstar French barrister has been found dead at his private beach spawning hundreds of French Dead Lawyer jokes. (Ne demandez pas! - 'Ed']
Olivier Metzner, 63, had a massive reputation and defended all the top rogues including politicians, bent bankers, serial fraudsters and an airline company charged with the 2000 Concorde air disaster in Paris.
This morning his body was found bobbing up and down in the waters around his private island ahead of the crucial Spring Equinox squid mating season that begins this Wednesday.
French crime scene investigators were caught napping however, mostly still glued to the latest French-dubbed CSI Miami on the gog that's playing 24/7 on state terrestrial TV this weekend.
A garbled internet message claimed a note was found at the deceased's home but didn't say whether it was a suicide letter or just instructions to the local char woman who 'does' the property twice a week.
Expect a statement from Insp Clouseau shortly.