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Man dies after jumping off Paris bridge during Fête de la musique

The Pont Neuf in Paris where the man jumped off on Wednesday evening Flickr/Geoffroy65

A man died in Paris on Wednesday night after jumping into the River Seine during the annual Fête de la Musique street music festival.

The 35-year-old man voluntarily jumped off the Pont Neuf on Wednesday evening, according to police in Paris.

He was pulled out of the Seine by rescue teams but they could not save his life. He died of a heart attack at the scene, reports say.

The Fête de la Musique festival is one of the biggest events of the year in France.

It was started in 1982 by then culture minister Jacques Lang.

Nearly 3,000 police were deployed in the Paris region as the festival took place amid high security.

Paris police said some 142 people were arrested for various offences including theft and violence.