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The man arrested in France has a motorcycle helmet similar to one in an e-fit issued by police, according to a French broadcaster. BFM claimed the man lived alone in the mountains and was found with arms in his home.
In November, police released an image of a male motorcyclist they wanted to speak to in connection with the killings. at the time the helmet was said to be "very particular" and one of only a few thousand models worldwide.
Police are currently searching the house of the man arrested as part of the investigation into the deaths of four people in 2012, in village near Chevaline.
The French prosecutor has said the man is not a suspect at this time but is being questioned because he resembles an e-fit and was in the area at the time of the killings. He could be released as early as this evening.
Sources close to the probe have told ITV News that the arrest is a result of the photofit released in November. The arrest is the first of a number of the arrests and is believed to be critical to the investigation, the sources said.
In November, police released an image of a male motorcyclist they wanted to speak to in connection with the killings.
The French Gendarmerie released an artist's impression of a motorcyclist who was seen riding in the area shortly before the four murders took place.
The man's helmet was said by Mr Maillaud at the time to be "very particular" and one of only a few thousand models worldwide, with a bottom section which opened laterally to reveal the lower face.
Read more: Man arrested over Alps killings
Police in the UK have confirmed the arrest of a man in France in connection with the murder of four people in the Alps.
British engineer Saad al- Hilli, his wife Iqbal, her mother Suhaila al-Allaf and French cyclist Sylvain Mollier were all killed in the attack on September 5 2012.
In a statement Surrey police said:
"Surrey Police can confirm that an arrest has been made in France today in connection with the murders of four people near Annecy, southern France in September 2012.
"The arrest has resulted from a line of enquiry in France and is not as a result of the investigation carried out in the UK."
A 48-year-old man has reportedly been arrested by French police in connection with the investigation into the murder of four people in 2012.
On 5th September 2012, Saad al- Hilli, a British engineer, his wife Iqbal, her mother Suhaila al-Allaf and French cyclist Sylvain Mollier were all killed in the attack on September 5 2012.