British tourist killed by falling tree in French cafe

17th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

LA ROCHELLE, France, Aug 17, 2007 (AFP) - An elderly British woman was killed Friday when a tree crashed onto a pavement cafe in the historic French port of Brouage, a tourist hotspot on the Atlantic coast, local officials said.

LA ROCHELLE, France, Aug 17, 2007 (AFP) - An elderly British woman was killed Friday when a tree crashed onto a pavement cafe in the historic French port of Brouage, a tourist hotspot on the Atlantic coast, local officials said.

The 61-year-old woman's daughter, in her thirties, was also injured in the accident, which occurred at around 11:00 am (0900 GMT) at a cafe near the entrance to the town, a small fortified port on the Bay of Biscay.

Firefighters had earlier described the victim as an elderly man.

According to local officials, weather conditions were normal when the accident occurred.

They said the tree, a American ash, was several hundred years old and was preserved in the restoration of Brouage.

The port is the birthplace of the first governor of French Canada, Samuel de Champlain, and a major destination for Canadian tourists.

AFP

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