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Climbers killed in French Alps avalanche

  • Nine climbers have died in an avalanche near the French Alpine ski resort of Chamonix.

    Three of those killed were from Great Britain, three from Germany, two from Spain and one from Switzerland.

    Twelve other climbers have also been reported injured.

    The alarm was sounded at 05:25 local time (03:25 GMT) by one of the injured on Mont Maudit, which translates from French as ‘cursed mountain’.

    28 climbers are believed to have reached 13,120 feet when the avalanche struck.

    French authorities described the avalanche as "the most deadly" in recent years.