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5 people fall from French Alps while climbing

Five people were killed Wednesday when they fell while climbing in the French Alps.

Attached to each other by a rope, the five were climbing on ice near the town of La-Chapelle-en-Valgaudemar when one person fell, dragging the others down, the prefecture in the Hautes-Alpes region said.

The identities of the victims have not been released, but several of the victims - two men, one woman and two girls - were members of the same family from the nearby Rhone-Alpes region, the prefecture said. Further details were not immediately available.