Frenchman leaps to death in Jomtien

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An elderly French national died after apparently leaping to his death from the 17th floor of a Jomtien Beach condominium.

Michel Hostailler, 80, left a suicide note in French in the condo which he shared with a 38-year-old Thai man.

Siwaporn Pala said the two had been dating about a year. He had spoken with Hostailler that morning before going to a local temple about 6:30 a.m. When he returned, his partner was dead.

A security guard said Hostailler had gone out to exercise before making the leap.

Siwaporn said the victim had been having problems with his ex-wife in France.