French Alps Shooting: Police admit they contaminated vital evidence at massacre crime scene

French police admit they contaminated vital evidence at Alps massacre crime scene as investigators say case could remain unsolvedLatest in a catalogue of blunders which may mean 'case is never solved'Detectives had thought ‘mystery DNA’ found might lead to the killer But police ‘expert’ ‘accidentally contaminated’ crime-scene, it is claimed /11/22/article-2236716-159C4707000005DC-295_634x471.jpg” alt=”Prayers: Saad Al-Hilli, 50, his wife Iqbal, 47, and her 74-year-old mother Suhaila Al-Allaf, was laid to rest in the same grave last week” class=”blkBorder” height=”471″ width=”634″> Prayers: Saad Al-Hilli, 50, his wife Iqbal, 47, and her 74-year-old mother Suhaila Al-Allaf, was laid to rest in the same grave in November Mr Maillaud has failed to publicly identify a number of key witnesses who were in the area at the time of the shootings, and has even withheld a colour photograph of the Al-Hillis taken minutes before the attack. This would have been released as a matter of routine in the UK, as a way of jogging the memories of people who might have seen them, or their killer. Now Mr Maillaud insists that no ‘significant’ DNA clues were left at the scene, despite work on samples still being carried out by the IRCGN, and by Christian Doutremepuich, a professor who runs a state-of-the-art laboratory in Bordeaux, in south west France.

Holidaymakers protest at French ski resort after British instructor is arrested on the slopes for "giving lessons without the right…

Holidaymakers protest at French ski resort after British instructor is arrested on the slopes for 'giving lessons without the right qualifications'Alex Casey, 40, from Kent, arrested at alpine resort for filming British skiersAround 100 protesters demonstrate against arrest at Megve police stationLatest chapter of ongoing 'piste war' with French authorities By Peter Allen PUBLISHED: 13:13 GMT, 3 April 2013 | UPDATED: 18:23 GMT, 3 April 2013 Arrested: Ski instructor Alex Casey is accused of working without the correct qualifications Holidaymakers today staged a demonstration outside a French police station to protest against the arrest of a British ski instructor. Alex Casey was accused of providing lessons without a licence in the alpine resort of Megve, where he spent last night in custody.

The great Easter getaway begins as 2million jet off to avoid the freezing weather

The great Easter getaway begins as 2million jet off to avoid the freezing weather There has been a rush for last-minute holiday deals to beat the cold snapForecasters say the freezing weather us due to last until May Canary Islands, Majorca and New York among most popular destinations French port officers' strike called off at last minute allowing ferries to run By Ray Massey, Transport Editor PUBLISHED: 00:54 GMT, 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:03 GMT, 28 March 2013 Forget the traditional Easter egg hunt. This year, it seems we’re hunting for the sun instead. Nearly two million Britons are preparing to fly away to escape the Arctic chill this Bank Holiday – up around 30 per cent on a typical Easter weekend.

Today"s players putting glamour before titles, says 1960s tennis star Ann Haydon-Jones

Today's players putting glamour before titles, says 1960s tennis star Ann Haydon-Jones By Simon Cable PUBLISHED: 00:39 GMT, 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:42 GMT, 26 March 2013 She won seven Grand Slam titles and was once number two in the world. So Ann Haydon-Jones is more than qualified to give her verdict on today’s tennis stars – and she’s not too impressed.

Findus" lasagne has been "contaminated with horse meat since last summer"

Findus lasagnes have been 'contaminated with horse meat since last summer', leaked letter reveals as supermarkets clear YET MORE shelvesLasagne packs manufactured at plant in Metz by French company ComigelConcerns the horse meat contained drug bute – a known human health riskFirm 'was told last week that food had been contaminated since August' Top politicians say they will no longer eat processed beef after scandalComigel could face prosecution for supplying mis-labelled meat are likely to be non-conform and consequently the labelling on finished products is incorrect. The supplier has asked us to withdraw the raw material batches.' Findus could not be reached for comment on Mr Watson's claim. Downing Street described the incident as 'distasteful' but stressed there was no evidence of a health risk and urged consumers to follow the FSA advice

In the red: Ministers serve up 1,000 bottles of Bordeaux from the government wine cellar (plus champagne, brandy and gin)

In the red: Ministers serve up 1,000 bottles of Bordeaux from the government wine cellar (plus champagne, brandy and gin)… and guess who foots the 55,000 bill Whitehall functions enjoy 5,000 bottles of wine and spirits in the last yearBill includes a 1906 bottle of Hine Grande Fine brandy worth 1,472Critics say officials should opt for 'modestly' priced drinks By Gerri Peev PUBLISHED: 18:15 GMT, 7 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:48 GMT, 7 February 2013 GUests at Whitehall functions enjoyed 1,000 bottles of Chateau Margaux 1982, an older vintage than the bottle pictured Bottles of vintage wine worth more than 1,100 each have been quaffed at government parties at taxpayers' expense. Guests at official Whitehall functions were treated to 23 bottles of a 1982 vintage Chateau Margaux Bordeaux, which sells for up to 1,100 a bottle.

Childless couple desperate to start family claim "mother" gave birth in Sierra Leone and smuggle in a baby

Married couple desperate to start a family after trying for 13 years smuggle a baby into the UK from Sierra LeoneRaymonde Miessan, 39, pretended she had given birth overseasShe and husband Kacou named the baby Matys, or 'gift from god'They were jailed for 12 months and the boy is now in careMrs Miessan said she did it to save the child's life and give him a future By Inderdeep Bains PUBLISHED: 12:06 GMT, 4 February 2013 | UPDATED: 01:23 GMT, 5 February 2013 Faking it: Raymonde Miessan, 39, claimed she had given birth in her native country A childless couple smuggled an African baby into Britain and tried to pass him off as their own. When confronted by the authorities, they admitted the newborn was not theirs but claimed he had been rescued from a rubbish bin. Kacou Miessan, 44, and his wife Raymonde, 39, had unsuccessfully undergone IVF treatment after trying to conceive for more than 13 years

Brigitte Bardot threatens to quit France for Russia over plight of elephants with tuberculosis

Brigitte Bardot threatens to quit France for Russia over plight of elephants with tuberculosis Actress is furious over plans to put down Baby and Nepal in Lyon zooSupports Gerard Depardieu who is in a row with the government over taxesActor was granted Russian citizenship earlier this week By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 02:14 GMT, 5 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:19 GMT, 5 January 2013 Brigitte Bardot yesterday threatened to follow actor Gerard Depardieu in taking Russian citizenship unless two elephants are reprieved from being put down.

Jacques Delors: Britain could quit the EU and "still be friends", admits the former European Commission president

Britain could quit the EU and 'still be friends', admits the former European Commission presidentJacques Delors' u-turn after trying to force European federalism on UKHe suggested Britain could be EU 'partner' instead of fully fledged member | UPDATED: 10:42 GMT, 29 December 2012 U-turn: Jacques Delors' change of heart comes 22 years after he infuriated Eurosceptics by trying to force European federalism on the UK Britain could negotiate a looser relationship with the EU under plans floated by a key architect of the European project.

Lights to be turned off in France to save money and show "sobriety"

Lights to be turned off in France to save money and show 'sobriety' Paris may go dark in the early hours of the morning if new plans go aheadTraders fears the blackout would negatively affect tourism and the economy | UPDATED: 17:33 GMT, 29 December 2012 Paris may lose its trademark glow next year after plans emerged to extinguish its street lighting at night to save money. French President Francois Hollande and his energy minister Delphine Batho are considering turning out the lights in and outside public buildings, offices and shops in the early hours of the morning. If the scheme goes ahead, late-night revellers in the city would be advised to carry torches if they venture out between the hours of 1 and 7am