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British and Italian hikers killed in French Alps falls

DIJON, FRANCE (AFP) – A British man and an Italian died in separate falls on Sunday while hiking in the French Alps, emergency responders said yesterday.

The Briton in his 50s was killed near the foot of France’s tallest mountain Mont Blanc, police in the Chamonix region said.

The hiker was taking a difficult track near the Bionnassay glacier, the smallest on the French side of the Mont-Blanc massif, at a spot known as Nid d’Aigle (Eagle’s Nest).

He fell around 50 metres (m) and was killed instantly, emergency responders said.

The Italian man, aged 67, was hiking with his wife at around 3,000m above sea level near Lake Mont-Cenis in the Savoy region.

He slipped and fell around 150m metres, mountain rescuers in Albertville said. Although the man’s wife called emergency services when she lost sight of him, he was already dead when they arrived.