14:10 12 May 2010
Fashion model Noemie Lenoir has been found unconscious in a wood outside Paris, in what is being described as an attempt the commit suicide.
The 30-year-old model, best known in the UK due to her role in Marks & Spencer's extensive advertising campaign, was found slumped on the ground in a forest in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, which lies on the outskirts of the French capital.
Reports suggest that Lenoir mixed a cocktail of alcohol and drugs at the home of her boyfriend Claude Makelele, who is an ex-Chelsea football star who is father to their five-year-old son.
A man out walking his dog discovered her body on Sunday afternoon.
A source close to the model said: "After coming too, Noemie was in a state of great distress and clearly very ill.
"She had clearly attempted to harm herself and had fallen unconscious.
"She was rushed to a nearby hospital and treated for the effects of poisoning. It seems that she had tried to commit suicide as a cry for help. Shes now in a far better condition and recovering."
Police in Paris confirmed the surroundings, with a spokesman saying : "A young woman age 30 was found unconscious in La Celle-Saint-Cloud on Sunday afternoon.
"She was rushed to hospital for treatment for the effects of an overdose. She is now recovering well."
Lenoir and Makelele have had an on/off relationship since 2003.
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