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French DNA test proves Henri Paul was drunk

On the eve of the publication of Lord Stevens' report into the death of Princess Diana, a BBC programme reveals new DNA evidence that proves the driver of Diana's car, Henri Paul, was drunk.


The new evidence clearly shows that the original post mortem blood samples, which revealed Henri Paul to be three times over the French drink drive limit, were accurate.


The programme, How Diana Died: The Conspiracy Files - on BBC Two, 9pm, Sunday 10 December 2006 - reports the French authorities have used DNA tests to show that the driver's blood samples could not have been switched.


Conspiracy theorists claim that Henri Paul's blood samples were swapped to portray him as drunk in an elaborate cover-up of a secret service plot to murder Princess Diana.


The DNA tests were carried out in France within the last year, according to a source close to the French authorities.


A DNA profile was taken from Henri Paul's blood samples and compared with his parents' DNA. They matched.


Lord Stevens' inquiry team has pledged to investigate the many conspiracy theories that surround the deaths of Princess Diana, her companion Dodi Al Fayed and the driver of the Mercedes, Henri Paul, in August 1997.


The Alma Tunnel crash investigation was the biggest in French history and was carried out by the country's top police force, the Criminal Brigade.


After two years it concluded Princess Diana's death was a tragic accident. The driver of Diana's car was held to blame for the crash, and found to be drunk and driving at excessive speed.


The new evidence shows the French authorities were right to conclude that Diana's driver was drunk and the conspiracists are wrong to suggest he was framed after his death to cover-up the alleged secret service plot.


Strong support for Diana conspiracy


An opinion poll for The Conspiracy Files suggests there is strong support for the conspiracy that Princess Diana's death in a car crash was not an accident.


Only 43% of those questioned agreed with the official French verdict that Princess Diana death was an accident, while 31% believed it was not accidental.


The BBC opinion poll suggests the Stevens inquiry will be an important milestone in the closure of the many issues surrounding the death of Princess Diana. The French verdict, it seems, has so far failed to satisfy the public desire for answers.


GfK NOP questioned a thousand adults in the UK about the death of Princess Diana.


Just over four out of ten thought it was an accident (43%). Almost one in three people thought the crash was not an accident (31%). And more than a quarter (27%) said they did not know.


The question asked was: "Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997. The official verdict was that the crash was an accident. However some people have questioned this. Do you, yourself, believe that it was an accident, or not?"


The fieldwork was carried out on 27-29 October this year; 1,000 adults aged 16 or over were questioned by telephone. The margin of error is plus or minus 3%.


How Diana Died: The Conspiracy Files will be broadcast on BBC Two on Sunday 10 December 2006.


To find out more about this programme and others in The Conspiracy Files series, which continues in the New Year, go to










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Date: 08.12.2006
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