Nine hikers in France lost their lives in an avalanche on Mont Blanc in France, home to the first Winter Olympics in 1924. The dead include one of Britain's most famous climbers.
Nine climbers died in the French Alps avalanche near Mont Blanc: three Britons, three Germans, two Spaniards and one Swiss. Four climbers are still missing: two Britons and two Germans. Rescue efforts will begin again on Friday, weather permitting.
Nine European climbers succumbed to an avalanche on the slopes of Mont Blanc. Nine climbers in a group of 28 were injured, and several are still missing, say officials.