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Seven Die in French Alps Avalanche

Seven climbers were killed Tuesday after an avalanche struck in the French Alps.

The avalanche occurred near the town of Pelvoux in southeastern France at the Snow Dome on the Massif des Ecrins, about 4100 meters (13,451 feet) high.

Four Germans and three Czechs died in the avalanche, government officials in the Hautes-Alpes region reported on their website. One German was injured.

The avalanche struck three groups of roped climbers, Pierre Besnard, the ranking state official in the region, told The Associated Press.

Gendarmes, including dog handlers, were assisted by helicopters and doctors in the rescue and recovery mission, state officials said.