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Fight Against Maturity

“…suddenly thinking you are French is terrifying.”

A Bath woman convinced herself she was French after she developed a rare disorder. Louise Clarke, 30, a recruitment consultant, babbled away in French for weeks, according to the Sun. She demanded croissants, rang her pals to tell them she was living in Paris and even invited them over.

Louise said: “It might sound funny to others, but suddenly thinking you are French is terrifying.”

She had been in France four years before becoming one of only four people in Britain, and 200 in the world, to be diagnosed with Susac’s syndrome. The brain disorder, which can be brought on by stress, is thought to affect blood vessels leading to the brain, ears and eyes and can scramble memories.

Louise is now controlling it with steroids and other medication and has been told it can last up to five years.

She said: “It was a really tough time for my family. At one point my sister discovered I had phoned all my friends and told them to come and visit me in Paris. She had to ring them all back to explain what had happened.”

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Burglars with a heart?

Romanian police are looking for two burglars who broke into an woman’s apartment – and left her some money. Filofteia Stefan, 86, from Constanta, told police two young men, wearing masks, trashed her apartment.

She said they rummaged for money or valuables but found only her wallet with the equivalent of 50p inside. The burglars then gave the woman all of their loose change – and left without taking anything.

The victim handed the money – more than £1 – to the police for fingerprint analysis.

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