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DRIVER ON DIANA'S FATAL RIDE WAS ALCOHOLIC, SOURCES SAY

New laboratory analyses have found that Henri Paul, the Ritz Hotel security guard who drove the limousine in which Princess Diana died, was an alcoholic, sources close to the investigation said Tuesday. The new tests on Paul's blood, taken from his body before his burial 10 days ago in his western France hometown of Lorient, show that he suffered from "moderate alcoholism" for an undetermined period of time, the sources said.

Friends and associates have described the balding and bespectacled Paul, who lived alone in a Paris apartment, as a conscientious and steady worker.

Others, however, have said the Ritz's 41-year-old deputy security chief was a heavy drinker in the high-stress job of trying to ensure the security and comfort of the posh Paris hotel's prominent guests.

A series of earlier tests had detected three times the legal level of alcohol in the chauffeur's blood.

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