Brit, 27, found dead by side of the road in French Alps while on ski holiday

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A British holidaymaker, 27, has been found dead at a popular ski resort with police calling for witnesses.

The man only named so far as Patrick F. was reported lifeless beside a road in Flaine, in the northern French Alps where snow sports lovers descend each winter for the Grand Massif alpine sports domain.

Patrick had been enjoying a week of skiing with pals when he was last seen on the evening of March 30 in Flaine's lively Social Bar.

A spokesman for the UK Foreign Office has confirmed: "We are supporting the family of a British national who died in France and are in touch with the local authorities."

An investigating source has released a picture of the Brit who was declared dead at the side of the road despite efforts to save him.

They said: "The deceased’s body was found late in the evening lying by a road nearby. Efforts were made to revive him, but he was declared dead at the scene.

"We are appealing anybody who might have seen him on the night of March 30 – a Wednesday – to come forward. The aim is to try and piece together the circumstances leading up to this tragic death."

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Prosecutors and an examining magistrate are leading the investigation as gendarmes from nearby Scionzier are tasked with carrying out enquiries in the area.

In January, a French skier aged 40 was arrested in Flaine following the death of a five-year-old British girl in Flaine.

He is said to have collided with the child while travelling at high speed that broke local limits.

Neither the victim nor the accused, who faces manslaughter charges, have been identified.

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