Listen Download Podcast
  • RFI English News flash 04h00 - 04h10 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 12/18 04h00 GMT
  • Paris Live AM 04h10 - 04h30 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 12/18 04h10 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 05h00 - 05h10 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 12/18 05h00 GMT
  • Paris Live AM 05h10 - 05h30 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 12/18 05h10 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 06h00 - 06h10 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 12/18 06h00 GMT
  • Paris Live AM 06h10 - 06h30 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 12/18 06h10 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 06h30 - 06h33 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 12/18 06h30 GMT
  • Paris Live AM 06h33 - 06h59 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 12/18 06h33 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 07h00 - 07h10 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 12/18 07h00 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 07h30 - 07h33 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 12/18 07h30 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 14h00 - 14h03 GMT Sat-Sun
    News bulletin 12/17 14h00 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 14h00 - 14h06 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 12/15 14h00 GMT
  • Paris Live Weekend 14h03 - 14h30 GMT Sat-Sun
    Features and analysis 12/17 14h03 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 14h06 - 14h30 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 12/18 14h06 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 14h30 - 14h33 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 12/18 14h30 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 14h33 - 14h59 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 12/17 14h33 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 16h00 - 16h03 GMT Sat-Sun
    News bulletin 12/17 16h00 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 16h00 - 16h06 GMT Sat-Sun
    News bulletin 12/15 16h00 GMT
  • Paris Live Weekend 16h03 - 16h30 GMT Sat-Sun
    Features and analysis 12/17 16h03 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 16h30 - 16h33 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 12/17 16h30 GMT
  • Paris Live Weekend 16h33 - 17h00 GMT Sat-Sun
    Features and analysis 12/17 16h33 GMT
To take full advantage of multimedia content, you must have the Flash plugin installed in your browser. To connect, you need to enable cookies in your browser settings. For an optimal navigation, the RFI site is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 10 and +, Safari 3+, Chrome 17 and + etc.
General

UK police to search home of family killed in France

media French and British police are working together to investigate the shooting murders at Chevaline Reuters/Robert Pratta

British police are due to search the UK home of a man shot dead along with his wife and mother in law in the French Alps.

It comes as an uncle and an aunt of two girls who survived the shooting arrived in France on Friday night.

French police have also asked Italian and Swiss authorities to help them in their hunt for those responsible.

Fifty year old Iraqi-born Saad al-Hilli, his wife Iqbal and his 74-year old mother in law were found dead inside their car at Chevaline, near Lake Annecy, on Wednesday.

A cyclist who apparently stumbled across the shooting was also killed.

The family's seven-year old daughter, Zainab, was seriously injured and remains in an induced coma at Grenoble University Hospital.

The youngest daughter, four-year old Zeena, survived by hiding underneath her dead mother’s skirt, and was not discovered until eight hours after police sealed off the crime scene.

The prosecutor at Annecy, Eric Maillaud, says investigators are no longer questioning the youngest girl, but they hope to speak to Zainab as soon as doctors give them the green light.

“We hope that she can tell us what she saw, give some descriptions, the number of people, men or women, the colour of their skin, clothing…” Maillaud says.

The two girls are under police protection, but it's unclear when their uncle and aunt can visit them.

A British cyclist found the victims and told detectives he saw a green four-wheel drive and a motorbike leaving the scene.

Officers also revealed almost 25 bullet casings were found at the site.

Police are expected to release autopsy results at a fresh news conference on Saturday afternoon.

On the other side of the Channel, four French investigators will join British detectives to search the slain family’s home at Claygate, south of London.

British media reports suggest the house was left to Saad al-Hilli in his mother’s will.

Among several theories, detectives are investigating whether a financial dispute between Saad and his brother led to the shooting.

However, the brother went to police on Thursday to proclaim his innocence and to help with the investigation.

Maillaud says he will be questioned by detectives as a witness.

 

Related
 
Sorry but the period of time connection to the operation is exceeded.