3 British more found dead in French island Corsica, who is killing British people in France ?
Police are due to hold a news conference in which they may announce that a French judge and prosecutor are to travel to the UK as part of the murder case.
They will join a small team of French investigators already in Britain to help find out what led to the shootings near Lake Annecy a week ago.
Engineer Saad al Hilli, his wife, his mother-in-law and a French cyclist were killed in last Wednesday’s attack. Mr al Hilli’s two children, four-year-old Zeena and Zainab, aged seven, survived.
A witness who came upon the aftermath of the Alps massacre likened the carnage to a horrific movie scene.
The man, named only as 41-year-old Philippe D, a hiker, told Le Parisien newspaper how he came across the scene in the Combe d’Ire forest, near Chevaline.
He said: “There wasn’t a single sound. It was like in a film. One of those television series where everything begins with a murder, only this time we were the actors and we did not have the remote control to change the channel.
“I immediately understood.”
The walker said he had seen no one as he drove up through the forest and that the killer or killers could have escaped using a winding lane which leads directly to the motorway.
It has emerged that the al Hilli family had moved from one campsite to another two days before they were gunned down.
A Dutch couple believed the group planned to spend a week at the three-star Village Camping Europa site in St Jorioz after they arrived last Saturday, but they left on Monday.
The family were staying in a caravan at neighbouring campsite Le Solitaire du Lac when the killings happened.
Sources said the victims were likely to have been killed with the same gun, fuelling speculation they were targeted by a contract killer.
Each person was shot twice in the head.
Detailed ballistic analysis of 25 spent cartridges found at the scene suggests they all came from a 7.65mm automatic pistol. But Annecy’s public prosecutor Eric Maillaud has not confirmed this detail.
Zainab, who was shot and so brutally beaten that doctors placed her in a medically-induced coma, is now seen as one of the key witnesses.
Police spoke briefly with her after she regained consciousness on Sunday and are waiting for approval from medics before they can question her further.
Her younger sister Zeena escaped unscathed by cowering behind her mother as bullets rained down. She has flown back to Britain with carers.
Officers are now examining all aspects of Mr al Hilli’s life to find a motive for the murders, looking at his personal and professional links, which include work for a satellite technology company in Surrey.
Meanwhile, three people have been found dead in a car following a shooting on the French island of Corsica, although there was no immediate evidence of any link to the attack in the Alps.
A Foreign Office spokesman said the victims were not known to be British.