French Alps Shooting: Girl Found Alive Hours Later

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French police investigating the deaths of three people found dead in a British registered car in the French Alps say they have found a girl hiding inside.

The driver of the car was a British citizen, police have confirmed

French police investigating the deaths of three people found dead in a British registered car in the French Alps say they have found a girl hiding inside.

The four-year-old was found unharmed about eight hours after the bodies of two women and a male driver - thought to be British tourists - were found near Lake Annecy on Thursday.

A cyclist, said to be a local man, was found shot dead nearby.

A second, older girl was found in the road and is in a critical condition.

Police say the driver of the car was a UK citizen and they believe , and they believe all those dead in the vehicle were part of a British family on holiday.

The British Foreign Office is trying to establish the identities.

Prosecutor Eric Maillaud said the little girl, who spoke English, was found hiding under the legs of one of the women at about midnight (22:00 GMT).

Head of the investigation, Benoit Vinnemann, said: "The three bodies found in the car appear to be the father, mother and grandmother.

"It is in any case a family, according to British people at the Saint Jorioz camping site who reported their disappearance on Wednesday night," he added.

The older girl, variously reported as aged seven or eight, was rushed by helicopter to hospital.

She was said to be in a more stable condition on Thursday morning, officials said.