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Holiday family shot dead in Corsica

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14:06 CEST+02:00

The bodies of a French couple and their two children, a girl aged 12 and a boy aged 10, were discovered on the island of Corsica on Monday evening. All had been shot dead, according to radio station Europe 1.


Initial reports suggest the father, Stéphane Saada, 50, shot his wife Corinne, 51, and their two children before turning the gun on himself.

The family was visiting from the south-east city of Grenoble. An investigation has been launched by local police with the involvement of forces in Grenoble and Paris.

Events took place in Algajola, a popular coastal resort between the towns of l'île-Rousse and Calvi. The date of the deaths has not yet been confirmed but the bodies were "in an advanced state of decomposition," reported Le Figaro.

The newspaper also quoted a source close to the inquiry who said the man had sent a letter to local authorities "announcing that he planned to kill himself and his family."

At a press conference on Tuesday the local prosecutor confirmed that the father was in an "advanced state of depression" and had "personal and professional problems."

Post-mortems on the bodies will be carried out over the next two days.


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