French firefighters have freed a 69-year-old woman who spent three weeks trapped in her bathroom.
The woman emerged in a “very weakened” state when rescue workers, alerted by neighbours worried because they had not seen her for some time, broke into her Paris home to help her out.
She became stuck after the bathroom door lock broke.
Police said the woman, who is recuperating in hospital, survived by drinking warm water from the bathroom tap and at night tried to call for help by tapping on piping.
But neighbours in the apartment block said they thought someone was doing home repair work and launched a petition to find out who it was and to have it stopped.