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But 48 Hours has obtained a report produced by the French government that was never made public until now. The report contains thousands of pages of confidential police documents, scientific analysis and images that tell what really happened to Princess Diana, beginning with the night she died.

"As I approached the tunnel, I saw smoke in the middle of the tunnel," recalls Frederick Maillez, a doctor who told French authorities that he was driving through the Alma Tunnel in Paris that night — moments after the Mercedes carrying Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed crashed into a pillar.

"I went to the wreckage to see what was going on inside," says Maillez, who tended to the seriously injured princess after the crash. "I can tell you her face was still beautiful. She didn’t have any injuries, main injury on her face. She was unconscious. She didn’t speak at all."

"You could absolutely tell it was her. She was a pretty woman, and even a few hours before she died, she’s still pretty," says lawyer Virginie Bardet, who saw the confidential French dossier when she defended three of the seven photographers who were initially accused of causing the accident. "The investigation is important," she says.

Outrage focused on two back and white photos taken by paparazzi at the scene, showing an unconscious Diana being treated by a doctor as she lay slumped in the back of a car. They were included in a confidential French investigators’ file on the accident, but no major media outlet had previously run pictures of the injured princess.

CBS News released an official statement Wednesday: Tonight’s (21) edition of 48 Hours Investigates is a one-hour report on Princess Diana that addresses the circumstances surrounding her death almost seven years ago. Included in the broadcast is information from a 4,000-page confidential French government report on Diana’s death obtained by 48 Hours Investigates. In addition to important information that dispels many of the rumors and allegations surrounding her death, photocopies of photos from the French government report taken at the scene of the crash also will be included in the broadcast. These photocopies are placed in journalistic context — an examination of the medical treatment given to Princess Diana just after the crash — and are in no way graphic or exploitative.

The French investigation is clear: The crash was an accident, and not the fault of the photographers or foreign intelligence agents. Instead, it was the fault of Henri Paul, the driver of Diana’s car, who was impaired by alcohol and prescription drugs.

Not only do the tests indicate three times the legal limit of alcohol in Paul’s system at the time of the accident, Forrest says, they also indicate an alarming amount of various prescription drugs: "Let me put it this way. If I knew that I was going to be driven by someone in that condition, I would not get into the car with them. No way."

This evidence disproves Al Fayed’s allegations and proves that there is no question that Paul was drunk. But was he paid by British intelligence services to help kill Princess Diana? And what about Al Fayed’s claim that the princess was killed because she was pregnant?

MacKay says French investigators examined every component of the crashed Mercedes, particularly the brakes, to determine if either a mechanical failure or deadly tampering caused the accident. "I think they did a very thorough job," says MacKay. "There was nothing wrong with the car at all … the driver was drunk. He was going excessively fast and couldn’t cope."

But the French dossier still raises questions, especially about Paul, the driver who was also chief of security for Mohamed Al Fayed’s Ritz Hotel. We found documents that reveal a number of significant bank deposits in French francs made by Paul, beginning nine months before the crash.

French investigators were unable to pinpoint the exact source of the mysterious money, but the dossier reveals that they searched Paul’s home and office, interviewed his friends and associates, and analyzed his phone records. They found no evidence of a conspiracy – even though there was a theory that Paul was a security services informant.

The cash was often a bonus, but Bower says that Al Fayed also paid his security men to conduct surveillance of certain guests who stayed at his Ritz Hotel: "He presents himself as such a warm, bubbly, warm, lovable Arab uncle. But in fact, that he was a man who was rather sinister and dangerous. I mean, he was a great friend and a great enemy."

Since her death, Al Fayed has made outrageous claims about his friendship with the princess. But the most controversial is his assertion that Diana was pregnant with his grandchild, which he said in an interview with ABC News last fall. Al Fayed’s claims were bolstered by photographs of Diana that show a noticeable bulge.

"The pathologist spoke to me. And he was closer to me than we are to one another, and said to me and to the room at large, ‘Well, she wasn’t pregnant,’" says Thompson. "He divided the womb, looked inside, and was quite certain that this lady in this instance was not pregnant."

And curiously, Al Fayed never mentioned the phone call from Diana about the pregnancy until nearly five years after her death. "He constructed a complete fantasy out of the last hours of Diana’s death and everything else," says Bower. "Completely rubbish."

As the car carrying Princess Diana raced into the Paris tunnel, it sideswiped a slow-moving white vehicle. Paint on the Mercedes and debris on the roadway confirm it was a Fiat Uno. But despite a massive search, neither the car nor driver was ever found.

Mullez says that finding the driver of the Fiat Uno has been a challenge. "Andanson wasn’t in Paris," he says through a translator. "He told me his timetable, we checked it out and found it to be accurate. We determined that he was not in Paris that night."

Two months later, the mystery surrounding his death only deepened. According to Al Fayed’s documentary, three masked men broke into Andanson’s office in Paris and shot the security guard. The burglars spent three hours ransacking the office. Some people at the photo agency actually thought the burglars were from the French security services.

But 48 Hours’ investigation led to a very different conclusion. While three gunmen did break into the SIPA photo agency in Paris and a night watchman was shot, the owners of the agency say the thieves were not in search of Andanson’s work. They left that untouched, but they were looking for compromising photos of a French celebrity.

There will be always be those who wonder. But for French lawyer Virginie Bardet, the trail ends in the tunnel. "The investigation, it’s not to answer all the question, it’s to know why did Lady Diana and Dodi al Fayed died. And this question is answered," says Bardet. "It’s clear. We know why this Mercedes had an accident. It was because the driver."