Deadly avalanche claims skiers in French Alps

The French Alps with Glacier du Géant and Mont Blanc in the background. Photo: Wikimedia/Simo Räsänen

PARIS - An avalanche in the French Alps killed four people on Friday and injured one, while another person was missing, police said, adding that a mountain rescue operation was underway.

The avalanche hit an area outside the ski slopes in the Entraunes area, French police said in a statement on Twitter.

Last month, an avalanche swept away two skiers, a man and his 11-year-old daughter, in the alpine resort of Val d'Isere, while four others died in separate incidents in the Pyrenees.

Reuters

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