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.