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An avalanche at a ski resort in the French Alps has killed two French schoolchildren and a Ukrainian tourist.

Three others – two pupils and a teacher – were seriously injured.

The avalanche struck the group, their teacher and the Ukrainian on a closed piste in the Les Deux Alpes area, the BBC reported.

More than 60 rescuers with dogs, assisted by four helicopters, were deployed to the scene.

The piste had been closed since the beginning of the ski season because of a lack of snow over the holiday period, a manager at Les Deux Alpes told local media.

However, large quantities of snow have fallen on the French Alps in recent days, raising the risk of avalanches,

Skiers and other mountain users have been urged to take extra care and stay on marked pistes.

Four other people – two Lithuanians, a Spaniard and a Czech – have died since the new year in avalanches in the French Alps, AFP reported.