France: Illegal immigrant fleeing police dies after plunging from window

September 24, 2007 23:56

A Chinese illegal immigrant died of injuries sustained last week when she plunged from an apartment window in Paris while trying to elude police, officials said Monday. The case of Zhang Chulan, 51, drew attention to government attempts to step up deportations of illegal immigrants. President Nicolas Sarkozy has pledged to expel 25,000 illegal immigrants by the end of the year. Zhang fell from the apartment in Paris on Thursday when police arrived while investigating a report of a theft. Apparently fearing arrest because of her illegal status, Zhang climbed out of the window and fell to the ground, lapsing into a coma. She died of her injuries Friday at a Paris hospital, police said.

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