French Alps avalanche: authorities say at least four people have been killed

An avalanche in the French Alps has killed four people, France’s interior minister said, calling the death toll a provisional count.

The avalanche rolled down the Armancette glacier in Contamines-Montjoie, in the Haute-Savoie region, some 30 kilometres southwest of Chamonix.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin provided no details in his tweet about the deaths. The Alps are a prime vacation spot over France’s long Easter weekend.

The local France-Bleu radio station put the size of the avalanche at 1,000 metres long and 100 metres wide. Two helicopters were sent in to help in the search, the station said, quoting the local prefecture in Thonon.

President Emmanuel Macron said his thoughts were with the victims.

“To find people still blocked under the snow, the emergency services have been mobilised,” he said.

This is a developing story.

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