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Four killed, 14 injured in balcony collapse at French housewarming party

A balcony on the third floor of the recently-constructed building collapsed in the city of Angers, according to authorities.

The city of Angers
The city of Angers
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FOUR PEOPLE HAVE been killed and 14 injured after a balcony collapsed in western France as young people were attending a housewarming party, according to local authorities and media.

Authorities in the Maine-et-Loire region said the accident occurred late yesterday when a balcony on the third floor of the recently-constructed building collapsed in the city of Angers.

They said four people were killed.

A spokesman for the city’s University Hospital said ten people injured in the accident were admitted, one of whom was in serious condition.

Another four were treated at a clinic.

The Ouest France newspaper said those on the balcony were young people attending a housewarming party.

The duty manager at the hospital, Michel Pichon, told France Info radio that all the injured “were about 20 years old, certainly students”.

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