A British father has admitted slitting the throats of his two young children in France following a difficult divorce, sources said.
French police say thieves raided the hotel room of a representative of Swiss jeweller Chopard and made off with jewels.
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The mother, an assistant accountant, had won custody of the children following her divorce and had left to live in Isere, a region to the south-east of Lyon, while the unemployed father continued to live in the flat, according to the Parisien paper.
– Ahmed Benguedda, a former neighbour of the family
The people who live here are all in a state of shock.
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.
Swiss jeweller Chopard has issued a statement clarifying earlier media reports surrounding the robbery of jewels from a Cannes, where the annual film festival is taking place:
An employee of the Chopard house has been the victim of a robbery last night, in their hotel room while they were not on the premises.
They is currently a police investigation underway but we can let you know the value of the pieces stolen is far lower than that which is circulating in the media.
The jewellery stolen is not part of the collection of jewels worn by actresses during the film festival.
Thieves stole over $1 million worth of jewellery from the Novotel hotel in the centre of Cannes - where the annual film festival is taking place.
Swiss jeweller Chopard has loaned luxurious jewellery to celebrities in Cannes for the film festival, including actress Julianne Moore, model Cara Delevingne and singer Lana Del Rey.
It is unknown whether the jewels in the pictures below were among the items stolen by thieves.
Thieves who stole jewellery worth $1.2 million from a hotel in Cannes broke into the room of a Swiss jeweller Chopard employee, according to AFP.
The robbers reportedly opened a safe in the room and made off with the jewels, which were set to be loaned to celebrities who are in the French town for the annual film festival.
Swiss luxury watchmaker and jeweller Chopard is one of the official sponsors of the festival and they redesigned the Palme d'Or award, which is given to the director of the best feature film.
Jewellery worth more than $1 million (£650,000) has reportedly been stolen from a hotel in Cannes - where the annual film festival is currently taking place.
The jewels were set to be loaned to celebrities who are in the French Riviera town, according to reports.