Wife of French minister Luc Chatel commits suicide

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    The wife of France's National Education Minister Luc Chatel committed suicide at her home in a Paris suburb, police and political sources said.

    Astrid Herrenschmidt, 45, was found hanged at their home in Boulogne-Billancourt on Sunday by her mother, police sources said.

    "Luc Chatel confirms the personal tragedy that occurred this morning," said a statement issued by the head of Chatel's office.

    "He asks that the privacy of his family, his children and himself be respected."

    Herrenschmidt, who hailed from a family of industrialists from the Alsace region, married the US-born Chatel in 1991. The couple have four children.

    Her body will undergo examination on Monday.

    Chatel, 47, has been minister of education since 2009 after serving as secretary of state for industry and a government spokesman.


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    Astrid Herrenschmidt: Wife Of France's Education Minister Found Dead In Apparent Suicide


    Suicide? Astrid Herrenschmidt, the wife of the French education minister, was found dead at the couple's Paris home earlier this morning

    The wife of France’s high-profile education minister Luc Chatel today committed suicide at the couple’s home in Paris.

    Astrid Herrenschmidt, 45 and the mother of four children, was found by her own mother early on Sunday morning.

    Mr Chatel, 47, who was not thought to be home at the time, ‘today confirmed the personal tragedy that happened this morning,’ said his chief of staff, Phillippe Gustin.

    ‘What happened should entail respect for the private life of his children, his family and for him,’ Mr Gustin added.

    The was no official confirmation about how Ms Herrenschmidt killed herself, although police sources at the town house in the upmarket suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt suggested her body was found hanging.

    Mr Chatel, who was born in Maryland, in America, had been married to Ms Herrenschmidt for 21 years, and she provided massive support for his political career.

    Not only was she hugely supportive as a wife, but Ms Herrenschmidt was a leather industry and asphalt mines heiress from the German border region of Alsace.

    Today police set up a security cordon around Mr Chatel’s house, as forensics offices examined the scene.

    Mr Chatel is also a huge Anglophile who last year infuriated French traditionalists by saying: ‘Not mastering English in France these days is a handicap.’


    He said that there were plans to teach three-year olds English with the help of computers – meaning that French children would start learning the language some eight years before English children learn French.

    Mr Chatel, who is a close political ally of President Nicolas Sarkozy, became education minister in France in 2010.

    He too comes original comes from an industrialists family, and at one stage in his career worked in marketing for French cosmetics giant L’Oreal.

    As a former spokesman for the ruling UMP party, he is seen as a key player in Mr Sarkozy’s bid to be re-elected this Spring.

    There will be a post mortem held into Ms Herrenschmidt’s death on Monday morning.



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    He probably killed her to get at the fortune. String him up and hang him the same. It don't really matter as Sarko and his goons are on their way out.
     
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    may be her hubby come to know that she had s.e.x with Sarkozi
     
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