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The town hall at Palaiseau, near Paris
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A group of friends who rented a house on Airbnb for a weekend party near Paris had a nasty shock on Saturday when they found the decomposing body of a woman in the garden. Police suspect foul play but had been unable to identify the body on Monday.
The friends rented the house in Palaiseau, 17 kilometres south of Paris, on home-sharing website Airbnb and went there for a weekend away.
But they found the woman's corpse at the bottom of the garden where it opens onto woods, a police source said.
It was dressed but not wearing shoes and "hunched in a dug-out area, her head against the ground, covered in branches and surrounded by wood stumps", said the source.
No documents were found that could identify the woman, who had a ring with a large stone on her finger.
The advanced state of decomposition made it impossible to determine a cause of death and an autopsy will be carried out.
The renters were questioned about their grisly find on Sunday.