Four shot dead in French forest

French authorities said today that four people have been shot dead in a forest in the Alps.

Four shot dead in French forest

French authorities said today that four people have been shot dead in a forest in the Alps.

It had been reported that a fifth person - a young girl - who was found seriously injured in the four-by-four died in hospital, but French officials now say she is alive.

An official with the regional administration for the Haute-Savoie region said three of the bodies were found in a BMW registered in Britain.

The Sipa news agency said the girl was found alive with bullet wounds on a forest road near the village of Chevaline, close to the Swiss border.

Citing French police, it said a cyclist discovered the girl, the three bodies in the car and a fourth body of a cyclist lying nearby.

The identity of the victims is unclear. The British Foreign Office said it is aware of reports of the incident and is looking into it.

An Albertville police spokesman told Mail Online: "There were three bodies found in a British-registered vehicle in a roadside parking area outside Chevaline.

“A young girl probably under the age of 10 was found to have been seriously injured by gunfire. A male cyclist was also found shot dead at the scene.

“We are looking at the possibility that the three dead people in the car and the young girl were all from the same family.

“The girl was taken to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment. The entire area has been sealed off while a full multiple murder investigation is under way.”

French journalist Leila Lamnaouer said the grim discovery was made at about 4pm local time. It is not clear if the deceased were tourists or if they lived in the area.

She told Sky News: “A lot of people are coming here to spend holidays and use the lake because we have a beautiful landscape.

“A lot of English people live here near Annecy because they love the place.”

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