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Briton killed in 'row over drink'

A British man was killed in a drunken brawl after he claimed he was "ripped off" by the cost of drinks at a lap-dancing club on the French Riviera, local police have said.

Lee Elton Fisher, 37, is understood to have become enraged by the prices at the night-spot before he stormed out to confront a man handing out promotional fliers.

A row broke out and Mr Fisher, who is believed to be married, was later punched in the face. He collapsed dead on the road in the exclusive resort of Cannes in the early hours of Monday morning. He had been due to return home later that day.

Three French men between the ages of 25 and 30 are being questioned by detectives on suspicion of a crime akin to manslaughter.

Officers investigating his death said Mr Fisher, from London, and three friends had visited a bar after leaving an exhibition being organised by the Tax Free World Association.

He returned to his hotel for a shower at the end of the day before going out "for some beers".

After five or six pints, the group arrived at the lap-dancing club but the labourer left after just one drink, apparently outraged by its cost.

"He felt it was expensive, that's what upset the victim," a police source said.

"He believed he had been ripped off so he left the bar. "

A post-mortem examination will be carried out on Thursday to establish the precise cause of his death which came at around 3.30am at the start of the duty free and travel retail exhibition where he had been employed to put up a stand for the UK-based design consultancy company Lea International.

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