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2 French boys dead, another 2 fighting for lives after falling into pond

Published on Jun 23, 2013 10:10 PM

PARIS (AFP) - Two young boys who had been placed in temporary accommodation by French social services have died after falling into an unguarded pond close to the hotel they were staying in, officials said on Sunday.

Two other boys were fighting for their lives after a total of five children aged between three and eight were discovered unconscious in the water on Saturday, having apparently been left unsupervised.

The fifth child, a five-year-old girl, was expected to make a full recovery. Two of the boys were eight, the others three and five.

The pond is located close to a cheap hotel on an industrial estate near Saint-Ouen-l'Aumone on the north-eastern outskirts of Paris.

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