The Mer de Glace – the “sea of ice” – near the Alps’ highest summit, the Mont Blanc, has lost around 800 metres in length over the past 30 years in a stark example of the effects of global warming on the world's glaciers, the subject of a UN report due to be presented next week.
Once hunted to extinction and feared as predators of small children and sheep, bearded vultures have been successfully reintroduced to the French Alps in a multi-million-euro project that began 30 years ago and which has now established around 250 of the birds, including 50 breeding pairs with a record 35 chicks, in their mountain habitat.
Migrants from Africa and the Middle East, desperate to reach a better life, continue to attempt to cross to France from Italy, where they are increasingly evicted from refugee centres by the country's coalition government of populists and far-right, using the deadly route of Alpine passes for which they are ill-equipped to traverse.
Guide held in police custody and an investigation launched into possible manslaughter and unintentional harm after tragedy in Entraunes area.
At least 33 tourists spent cold night suspended above Mont Blanc glaciers at altitude of 12,500ft after wires carrying cable cars became tangled.
French probe into Alps crash caused by suicidal co-pilot advises doctors inform authorities when a patient's health is likely to affect public safety.
A spokesman said Kerry, who has called off the rest of his four-state tour, suffered a broken leg.
As search of crash site in Alps continues, French authorities announced they are building an access road to the remote spot to aid their task.
Investigators say black box they found is damaged but the data can still be recovered to provide vital clues to crash of A320 jet with 150 on board.
Investigators seek to understand why jet with 150 on board went into a long descent for eight minutes before crashing into side of a ravine.
What caused the German airliner to crash near Digne in southern France remains unknown but initial suggestions point to mechanical failure.
Man released after being questioned by police over the shooting of British-Iraqi businessman Saad al Hilli, his wife and mother in 2012.
Access to the ski stations of Ménuiruies and Val Thorens in the Alps was cut off for a period after the route was blocked by two boulders.
A cross-country skier was the 28th person killed by avalanches in the French Alps this winter, while four Italians died on slopes in Switzerland.