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French policemen hold a white sheet to hide the loading of the bodies of six mountaineers found dead in French Alps

French policemen hold a white sheet to hide the loading of the bodies of six mountaineers found dead in French Alps

French policemen hold a white sheet to hide the loading of the bodies of six mountaineers found dead in French Alps

A hiker has discovered the bodies of six mountain climbers in France's Hautes-Alpes region, the apparent victims of an accident a day earlier.

Mountain police based in Briancon said the bodies were discovered today in a steep corridor at 8,858ft a day after the climbers left an overnight Alpine refuge.

Police said the group apparently was headed, on two ropes, for a point at 11,857ft in the Massif des Ecrins.

The mayor's office in the village of Villar-d'Arene said a helicopter transported the bodies to the town hall for identification.

Details surrounding the deaths were not immediately available.

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