French Academic Found Dead In Hotel

    Sciences Po headmaster French Richard Descoings poses on April 11, 2010 during the Cite de la Reussite in Paris. La Cite de la Reussite has gathered students from Europe most prestigious universities and elite schools to listen to an exceptional panel of speakers coming from various backgrounds. Tackling political, cultural and scientific issues, it is highly regarded as a forum for reflection, debate and discussion in order to better understand the world of today and to envisage its foundations of tomorrow. AFP PHOTO MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Richard Descoings, a French academic and director of the prestigious Institute of Political Studies in Paris, was found dead in a Manhattan hotel on Tuesday. Police have not ruled out foul play because Descoings’s seventh-floor room was found in disarray and some of his belongings were found on a third-floor landing. Drugs and alcohol were also found in the room. Descoings, an advisor to France’s political leaders, was in New York to attend a conference at Columbia University.

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