GRENOBLE  - Five people died Wednesday in a shooting near Lake Annecy in the Haute-Savoie area of eastern France, including three found in the same British registered car, police said, while a steam leak brought on by an accidental chemical reaction at France’s oldest nuclear plant led to two people being slightly burnt. The accident occurred at the Fessenheim nuclear power plant in northeastern France within 1.5km of the border with Germany and about 40km from Switzerland. “It was not a fire,” the local prefecture said, adding that oxygenated steam had escaped after hydrogen peroxide reacted with water in a reservoir. About 50 firefighters were deployed, an official from the service said.

French power supplier EDF said through a spokeswoman that “two people were slightly burnt through their gloves. It was a problem that cropped up during a maintenance operation,” in an “auxiliary building in the nuclear complex but not in the building housing the reactor.”