Rescue helicopter in Chamonix
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French Alps avalanche: Deaths near Chamonix

Nine climbers have been killed in an avalanche near the French Alpine ski resort of Chamonix.

The alarm was sounded at 05:25 local time (03:25 GMT) by a surviving climber on the slopes of Mont Maudit.

The route is a popular one for tourists heading for the summit of Mont Blanc.

The BBC spoke to Christian Trommsdorff, Vice President of the French Guide Association.

  • 12 Jul 2012