Frenchman in 'pro-Hmong suicide' | "Asian Spring" |
A retired French colonel killed himself to protest against "indifference" to the plight of Laos's Hmong minority, French media report.


Col Jambon fought alongside Hmong during France's war in South-East Asia in the 1940s and early 1950s.


Many members of the community joined French forces during the conflict - known in the country as the "Indochina war".


In the suicide note, the colonel wrote: "After a long period of disappointment I have decided to play my final card, or more precisely my final bullet."