Maltese police say eight French tourists were injured when the balcony of a restaurant where they were dining collapsed.

The collapse occurred Monday evening in the popular St. Julian's Bay area. One of the tourists was critically hurt when she landed on seaside rocks two stories below the restaurant. Among the others, a man was seriously injured and the other six were slightly hurt.

An investigation has begun to determine why the balcony collapsed onto the balcony of a different restaurant below it. There were no diners in the lower restaurant.