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    A HERO firefighter who heard Princess Diana’s final words has told how he thought he had saved her life by giving her CPR moments after her fatal Paris car crash.

    Xavier Gourmelon, 50, said the princess was conscious and had her eyes open as he pulled her from a wrecked Mercedes — only to suffer a cardiac arrest as she was placed gently on a stretcher.

    He managed to resuscitate her and was convinced when her heart started beating again and her breathing resumed that she would survive.

    But he was horrified when told later that the 36-year-old princess had died at 4am in hospital despite surgeons’ frantic efforts to revive her.

    Xavier, who spent 22 years as a Paris firefighter before returning to his native Brittany, has spoken in public of the crash only once be*fore — in evidence to Diana’s inquest in 2007.

    But he said he felt able to give his first newspaper interview 20 years on from the August 1997 horror as he is no longer with the fire service.
    Xavier said he initially had no idea he was treating the princess at the crash scene inside the Pont de l’Alma tunnel, close to the Malar fire station where he was duty officer.

    The dad of two said: “We were very close to there and it took less than three minutes to reach it.
    “My ten-man team was in two trucks and we were first to arrive.

    “The car was in a mess and we just dealt with it like any road accident. We got straight to work to see who needed help and who was alive.

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