A British holidaymaker was in a critical condition in a French hospital last night after falling from a balcony during a ‘passionate sex session’ in full view of the public.
The 30-year-old and his partner plunged 12ft from the first floor of their holiday rental in the Riviera resort of Le Cannet, north of Cannes, after toppling over railings.
The man was rushed to an intensive care unit at the Pasteur Hospital in Nice, while his partner, who is 28 and Canadian, was ‘hurt but stable’.
It is thought she may have been cushioned by her lover in the fall.
A British man is in intensive care after falling 12 foot from a balcony during a ‘passionate sex session’. Pictured is the street where the accident happened in Le Cannet, north of Cannes
An investigator said last night: ‘The couple were seen making love on the balcony of their holiday rental flat.
‘They were becoming very passionate indeed, and suddenly toppled into the street below. Neighbours called the emergency services immediately.’
Police have opened an investigation to establish whether alcohol or drugs may have been involved in the accident on Saturday at 12.30pm.
There was no indication that anybody else might have been involved, said the source. Reports of British tourists dying or being injured from balcony falls have become a depressingly familiar part of the summer holiday season.
The problem is usually in Spanish Costa resorts frequented by groups of young men and women who drink vast quantities of alcohol.
The latest case in France is an unusual example of this kind of accident – not only because of the activity the tourists were engaged in but also because it is in a more upmarket villa.
Police have opened an investigation and the Canadian woman is said to be ‘hurt but stable.’ Pictured is the town of Cannet where the couple had been staying in a holiday villa
Earlier this summer it emerged that hotel bosses have been advised by holiday operators not to assign travellers from the UK rooms which have a balcony barrier lower than 3.6ft.
The orders came after three Britons plunged to their deaths from the same building in tourist hotspot Magaluf last year.
Francisco Gene, director of the Menorca Binibeca Hotel, said: ‘TUI and Jet2 rules mean no British guests can stay in rooms with balconies that don’t meet new height requirements.
‘In places like Magaluf in Majorca there have been a lot of accidents, usually after guests have been drinking and climb over to friends’ rooms.
‘It happens every month in peak season. Now if guests insist on a room they shouldn’t have we make them sign a disclaimer about the balcony.’