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Prominent French academic found dead in New York hotel room

New York police have opened an investigation into the circumstances of the death of a prominent French academic, Richard Descoings, whose naked body was found in a New York hotel room.

(REUTERS) New York - A law enforcement source said that the body of Descoings, director of the prestigious Institute of Political Studies in Paris and a member of France's Council of State, a government advisory body, was found on Tuesday afternoon in his room at a hotel in Midtown Manhattan.

Descoings was in New York to attend a conference at Columbia University but did not show up on Tuesday morning when the conference was due to begin, the source said.

Colleagues subsequently phoned the hotel. When staff members first went to his room, they believed they heard snoring and let the matter drop.

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