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Britons killed in France car crash named

The mangled wreckage of the car

Three members of a British family - including two young children - killed in a car crash in France on Sunday have been named.

John William Crompton, his daughter Evie-Lily Crompton, 4, and Morgan Christian Lund, 9, died when their vehicle smashed through a safety barrier and struck a concrete pillar near Beaurepaire-en-Bresse, eastern France.

The 31-year-old's partner, Makayla Louise Lund, 25, - the mother of Morgan - and the couple's son Kyle Lucas Crompton, 2, remain in "serious" conditions in hospital following the crash.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said its "deepest sympathies" were with the family.

"Our staff in England and France are continuing to provide assistance at this difficult time, and we will remain in contact with French authorities", they said.


Benzema pleads France case via Facebook video

Karim Benzema has attempted to plead his case for a France recall - via a video of his goals and the music of Cat Stevens.

The Real Madrid striker has not played for his country since being questioned by police in November in connection to an alleged blackmail attempt against France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena, over a sextape reportedly showing Valbuena and his partner.

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Reports in France suggest the country's football federation (FFF) will rule on Wednesday or Thursday on whether Benzema is eligible for selection in their European Championship squad. France will host the tournament this summer.

Ahead of the prospective decision, Benzema wrote on his Facebook page: "Whatever happens... Once a Blue, always a Blue!"

The post was accompanied by a four-minute video showing a selection of Benzema's 27 international goals and featuring prominently his selection as captain for last year's friendly against Brazil.

It was soundtracked by the 1971 hit Peace Train by Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam.

The song was seemingly chosen for the significance of its lyrics, with the opening verse announcing: "I've been happy lately, thinking about the good things to come/ And I believe it could be, something good has begun."

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