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34-year-old victim reportedly ran a restaurant near Morzine

A British mountain biker has been accidentally shot dead by a hunter in the French Alps, reports the Dauphiné Libéré.

The fatal shooting happened at around 6pm yesterday evening in the commune of Montrion in Haute Savoie, close to the Swiss border.

The victim, aged 34, ran a restaurant in the commune of Gets, near Morzine. A post mortem will be performed in the coming week.

He had been descending a path on the edge of a wood when he was shot, but according to state prosecutor Philippe Toccanier, would have been “perfectly visible.”

The fatal shot was fired by a 22-year-old male who had been taking part in a game shoot organised by a local hunting club.

The hunter was hospitalised in a state of shock, while an investigation has been opened into suspected aggravated involuntary manslaughter.

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