• France's news in English
 

Alps murders: Swiss gunman faces probe

Published: 04 Jan 2013 17:45 GMT+01:00

Police in the neighbouring French region of Haute-Savoie made the request to their colleagues in the Swiss canton of Valais, where on Wednesday the gunman went on a shooting spree, a police spokesman told AFP.

"French police in Haute-Savoie, who are wondering about a possible link between this killing and unsolved homicides in the region in recent years, have made this request," he said.

The gunman, known to have psychiatric and drug problems, killed three women and wounded two men in the tiny village of Daillon.

He was wounded during an exchange of gunfire while being apprehended by police and was taken to a hospital, where he was in intensive care.

Officials said the shooter, whom police did not identify, had spent time in a psychiatric hospital in 2005 and was known to police as a drug user.

Police had previously confiscated weapons from the 33-year-old when he was placed in a psychiatric ward.

Police said he used two weapons in the Valais shooting spree: a historic Swiss military rifle known as a mousqueton and a shotgun.

French police are still investigating the murder last year of a British-Iraqi family in the French Alps, on the other side of the border from the Swiss canton.

Saad al-Hilli, his wife Iqbal and her mother Suhaila al-Allaf, were all found dead inside their estate car near Lake Annecy in Haute-Savoie on September 5, along with a French cyclist who police believe was an innocent bystander.

The couple's two young daughters survived the attack.    

Investigators have so far failed to report any progress in solving the case, but have previously raised the possibility of someone with psychiatric problems being behind the shooting.

The French shootings took place in the town of Chevaline, about 150 kilometres (90 miles) from Daillon.

Some reports have also suggested the weapon used in the French shooting was a Luger P06, a handgun used by the Swiss army in the 1930s.

Swiss media have quoted former friends of the Daillon shooter as saying he was obsessed with joining the military and that his personality had changed after he was rejected.

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Opinion - Freedom of speech
France hit by 'hysteria' as police grill 8-year-old
Has it gone too far? French police question eight-year-old over alleged pro-terrorist comments. Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP

France hit by 'hysteria' as police grill 8-year-old

After a school pupil, aged just eight, was reported to police for allegedly praising the Paris gunmen, Human Rights League, a French civil liberties group, tells The Local that France is in danger of giving the terrorists exactly what they wanted. READ  

Guest blog - Myth of French lovers
The myths that make French lovers disappoint
A very French heart throb Olivier Martinez, pictured here with his wife, the Hollywood actress Halle Berry. Photo: AFP

The myths that make French lovers disappoint

After regularly having to lend an ear to her Anglo friends left disappointed by the failure of their French lovers to live up to expectations, blogger Muriel Jacques, who runs the site "French Yummy Mummy" clears up a few common myths about Frenchmen. READ  

France unveils plan to cut police suicides
These new graduates at the French Prefecture de Police will be given greater psychological support to prevent suicides. Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP

France unveils plan to cut police suicides

France’s interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve has unveiled a new plan to tackle the taboo subject of suicides in the police force after a sharp rise in the number of officers taking their own lives. READ  

IN PICTURES
Paris commuter chaos after train driver attacked
This was the scene at St Lazare station in Paris after a strike on the RER A. Photo: Twitter/Billy Florian

Paris commuter chaos after train driver attacked

Commuters in Paris faced travel chaos on Thursday morning after train drivers on the RER held a wildcat strike following a violent attack on one of their colleagues. READ  

Nordics outshine French at culinary world cup
Norwegian chef Orjan Johannessen (C) holds a Norwegian flag as he celebrates with coach Odd Ivar Solvold (C-L) and teammate Jimmy Oien (R) after winning the Bocuse d'Or. Photo: AFP

Nordics outshine French at culinary world cup

Despite the so-called 'world cup for chefs' being held on home soil in Lyon, France failed to pick up the Bocuse d’Or this year as Nordic and American chefs took the podium places. READ  

France seeks to bar 'hated' US pick-up coach
By Wednesday morning the petition had over 6,000 signatures. Screen grab: YouTube

France seeks to bar 'hated' US pick-up coach

A petition to stop the controversial US seduction coach and pick-up artist Julien Blanc from coming to France later this year as part of his European tour has already garnered thousands of signatures. READ  

Angouleme comic festival
French comic festival opens amid tight security
French right-wing UMP party Mayor of Angouleme Xavier Bonnefont (L) claps as a banner is unveiled on the facade of the Hotel de Ville (City Hall) of Angouleme, eastern France, on January 28, 2015, in

French comic festival opens amid tight security

The world's leading comics festival was set to open in France on Thursday under a tight net of security as it dedicated this year's event to the murdered cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo. READ  

Animals have feelings, French parliament rules
Animals in France do have feelings, says French parliament. Photo: Petras Gagilas/Flickr

Animals have feelings, French parliament rules

There was a significant victory for animal rights capaigners in France on Wednesday when the country's parliament officially recognised animals as "living, sentient beings" rather than just pieces of "furniture". READ  

French cops grill 8-year-old for 'glorifying terror'
Police were called out to a school to question an eight-year-old over comments he made allegedly supporting terrorists. Photo: AFP

French cops grill 8-year-old for 'glorifying terror'

France is suffering from a "colective hysteria" in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, according to an Islamaphobia watchdog, after it emerged an eight-year-old boy was grilled by police over comments he made at school allegedly praising the terrorists. READ  

Who is slaying France's rugby roosters?
Over 30 of the roosters have been killed in the last month. Photo: Jim Bahn/Flickr

Who is slaying France's rugby roosters?

A distraught farmer has been left scratching her head after over thirty of her famous roosters have been "murdered" in the last month. The farmers' 'coqs' are known for making appearances during French international rugby matches. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Features
Studying in France: what you need to know
Culture
What's on in France: Ten things to do in February
Business & Money
FATCA: 'The age of financial privacy is over'
National
The ways French motorists drive expats crazy
National
'French culture demands jihadists are punished not de-radicalised'
Culture
'Midriff the new cleavage' at Chanel's Paris show
Politics
'Syriza victory is good news for French people'
Society
France bars parents from naming baby 'Nutella'
National
France has no entrepreneurs!? What about fart pills for windy lovers?
Society
Nutella to Happy: The wacky French baby names banned by law
Culture
Men's Fashion Week in Paris in pictures - from penises to androgyny
Health
Could France be the next country to ban sunbeds?
Gallery
Ten French words you will never hear in France
National
Wrap up warm: Big freeze to hit northern France at the weekend
National
Muslims in France - 'They say we're not French'
National
Paris wants New York-inspired 'citizen cards'
Gallery
An architect has shown how he thinks Paris should look in 2050
Culture
Where are the real "no-go zones" in Paris? We've listed 10.
Society
Cheese diet helps oldest Frenchman live to 110
National
Charlie Hebdo chief stands firm over cartoons as global protests spread
National
'It feels like I'm in a warzone': Paris tourist
National
Are there really 'no-go zones' in Paris?
National
Europe in statistics - from Spain to Sweden
National
A futuristic vision of Paris revealed... and other news
National
What now for France post-terror attacks?
National
France to beef up its surveillance powers
National
Charlie Hebdo sells out within hours in France
Politics
Paris attacks: Knock-on effects in Sweden and across Europe
National
France moves to crack down on terror speech in aftermath of attacks
National
French Muslims react to Charlie Hebdo's Muhammad cover
National
'I only had a few seconds to hide from the Kouachis'
National
After three days of terror France feels like a nation
National
IN PICTURES: France's biggest street demos in recent history
National
And in other news in France ...
National
A defiant France rises up on solidarity like never before
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Paris marches for unity after terror attacks
National
OPINION: 'As bloody as it's been, France is not at war'
National
'It's a true nightmare': Parisians react to terror attacks
National
French to march in unity to help heal their wounded nation
National
Profile: the most wanted woman in France
National
Twitter disgust over 'I am Kouachi' hashtag
National
The incredible stories of how some survived the Paris gunmen
National
Al Qaeda threatens a shaken France with more terror
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

537
jobs available