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Aussie fighting for life after Paris blast

An Australian-born man has been left fighting for his life after an explosion burst through a building in Paris last month.

Peter Carman suffered severe and extensive burns after a fiery blast caused by a suspected gas leak ripped through Rue Saint-Jacques in Paris’ Latin Quarter on June 21.

President and director of the Paris American Academy, Mr Carman was in that organisation’s building on the street when the explosion.

He remains in a medically induced coma in intensive care within a French hospital.

His colleague Nicole Douvry is also in a critical condition after the blast, while another faculty member Anne Bizet remains unaccounted for.

Dozens of people were injured in the blast, which took 270 firefighters two hours to contain.

Police have found human remains at the scene, however have not released information.

The Perth-native’s colleagues were taking the news “very, very hard” according to Kent State University, which operates the Paris American Academy.

Mr Carman is the embodiment of “kindness and respect” according to Kent University President Todd Diacon.

“Everyone associated with Kent State’s activities in Paris with whom I’ve spoken over the past week has noted that Peter is one of the kindest and most considerate people they know,” he said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has been contacted for comment.

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