Top editor at the French daily Le Monde dies

Associated Press
In this Aug. 30, 2012 photo, Erik Izraelewicz , editorial director of  French newspaper Le Monde, attends a meeting with business union MEDEF in Jouy en Josas, outside Paris.  Izraelewicz has died of a heart attack at his office in Paris, Tuesday  Nov. 27  2012. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
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In this Aug. 30, 2012 photo, Erik Izraelewicz , editorial director of French newspaper Le Monde, attends a meeting with business union MEDEF in Jouy en Josas, outside Paris. Izraelewicz has died of a heart attack at his office in Paris, Tuesday Nov. 27 2012. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

PARIS (AP) — The top editor at France's leading daily newspaper has died suddenly of a heart attack.

Erik Izraelewicz, 58, had led Le Monde for about two years, after a career that included top jobs at some of France's leading business newspapers. In a statement, Le Monde journalists said Izraelewicz collapsed while working in his office Tuesday evening and was rushed to a Paris hospital, where he was declared dead.

The newspaper has not yet named a replacement.

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