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A British man has died in a skiing accident in the French Alps.
63-year-old John Atkinson from Salisbury was on holiday with his wife and children when he crashed into a rock in the resort of Les Deux Alpes on Thursday December 23rd.
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said today:
"We are aware of the death of a British national at the Deux Alpes yesterday and we are attempting to contact the next of kin to offer consular assistance.''
A spokeswoman for the police in Les Deux Alpes said the family were in "shock'' and too upset to talk about what happened.
"He was on holiday with his wife and two children - they arrived two days ago.
"He was skiing with his children on a blue piste at around 3pm yesterday.
"It was snowing and the visibility was not good.
"He crashed into a rock.''
It's reported he wasn't wearing a helmet at the time.