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French news reports claimed the 48-year-old man was arrested after his former wife spotted him on the stairs to his flat with blood-stained clothes. Several witnesses reportedly spotted the man fleeing the scene, in Saint-Priest, a suburb to the south-east of Lyon, on roller skates.
He and his ex-wife were said to have recently gone through a difficult divorce. The father was reportedly taken into custody following a manhunt yesterday evening.
The Foreign Office is investigating reports that a British man has been arrested on suspicion of slitting the throats of his two children in France.
The bodies of the youngsters, said to be aged five and 10, were discovered in a flat near Lyon yesterday afternoon, according to local reports.
– Foreign Office
We are aware of the reports and we are urgently looking into them.
The veteran actor and adventurer Brian Blessed has suggested that people attempting to climb Mount Everest should be banned from carrying oxygen.
Speaking on the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's successful attempt, he said that modern climbers are "diminishing the adventure with oxygen".
Blessed, who has already made three attempts to climb the mountain without oxygen, also vowed to try again in the next two years.
Now at the age of 76, he said: "I feel that if I can go up there as an old man it would be a new development, something new.
"I love adventure, she is a beautiful mountain, and I think she will allow me to go on to her summit as a very old man."
Wayne Rooney will miss Manchester United's final game of the season today as wife Coleen is due to give birth to the couple's second child. The England striker was given permission by the Premier League winners to sit out the trip to play West Bromwich Albion.
Coleen is expecting a boy - a brother to Kai born in November 2009 - and revealed on her Twitter account that she was now past her due date. Today she also tweeted:
A passenger jet in the United States was forced to land on its belly after the landing gear developed a fault. Amateur video captured the moment the US Airways Express flight touched down with 34 people on board. Sparks can be seen beneath the plane.
The jet circled Newark but after several failed attempts to get the landing gear down, the plane landed on its belly. No one was injured.
West Bromwich Albion are preparing to host Sir Alex Ferguson's final match as manager of Manchester United.
Albion manager Steve Clarke says his side are determined to ensure the match is "not just a party" for the Scot.
More than 20,000 programmes have been printed for the game (compared with 6,000 in previous games).
MPs could have an extra £20,000 added to their salaries to help partly offset curbs to their pensions and personal expenses.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has been carrying out a fundamental review since taking responsibility for MPs' salaries two years ago.
A survey released by the watchdog in January found politicians on average believed they should be paid £86,000 rather than £66,000 with some demanding more than £100,000.
Ipsa is due to deliver its initial proposals for consultation next month. The main changes will not come into effect until after the general election in 2015.
The former EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson has accused eurosceptic politicians of "operating a sort of Soprano-style protection racket inside the Conservative party".
He told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show:
– peter mandelson, former eu trade commissioner
The UK isolation party and their fellow travellers in the Conservative party are ... operating a sort of Soprano-style protection racket inside the Conservative party. They are saying ... 'give us what we're demanding or we're going to burn your home down'. In my view the Prime Minister has got to say 'enough is enough'.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said he does not believe that someone close to the Prime Minister made the "swivel-eyed loons" comment.
Speakign on BBC1's Andrew Marr Show, he said that party activists are "in tune" with the views of British voters and that their input was "incredibly important to the DNA of the policies that we are putting into place".