Candice Cohen-Ahnine and Prince Sattam al-Saud, pictured early in their relationship.
What was seen at first glance as an accident has come under the police radar as suspicious after reports Sunday in the French press indicated that Ms Cohen-Ahnine had slipped and fallen to her death "as if she was escaping something dangerous".
Reports by The Daily Telegraph are unearthing an interesting story. "What I can tell you is that it wasn't a suicide," witnessed her lawyer, Laurence Tarquiny-Charpentier. She admitted the death appeared to be “some sort of accident", and was none the wiser as to any foul-play. She said there were witnesses, and more information expected.
"She was a woman who was a real fighter and a very positive person, and plus, there were plans to see [her daughter] Aya in mid-September. That was her greatest motivation of all."
Ms Cohen-Ahnine penned a book recounting her battle to "get back" her 11-year-old daughter, Aya, who the mother says has been held hostage by the girl's father, Prince Sattam al-Saud from the Saudi royal family, since September 2008.
Shut out of her daughter's life
In a tale crammed full of oriental intrigue, she tells her story of the predicament she found herself in as a foreign mother to a Saudi royal's daughter whose options were limited: to be the prince's second wife, or give up her daughter.
What do you think of the mysterious death of this French woman? Do you think the Saudi Prince is tied up in her seemingly suspicious demise?