Briton quizzed over wife's death in France
A British man was being questioned by police today over the death of his wife after charred remains were discovered at their French chateau.
Prosecutors said they were investigating claims that Joanne Hall, 49, died during a drunken row with husband Robert.
He is then alleged to have burned her body before burying her ashes in concrete.
Police in Brittany arrested the 55-year-old and he appeared before magistrates yesterday when he was remanded in custody.
The Halls, who have three children, are believed to have moved to the region around a decade ago and rented out their property to tourists.
With 15 bedrooms, Chateau de Fretay in Fougeres, near Rennes, is advertised on websites as featuring a nine-hole golf course, parkland, lakes and a go-karting circuit, and costs visitors more than £5,000 a week in high season.
At the time of Mrs Hall's suspected death on Friday, the site was undergoing renovation work to build gites and a golf course.
Catherine Denis, from the prosecutor's office in Rennes, told a press conference that police responded to a call from the Hall family at the weekend.
"There was a drunken argument with his wife, during which she fell," she said.
According to Mrs Denis, Mr Hall spoke to police about building a mausoleum as part of a "pact" with his wife.
She added that the remains found at the house had not yet been formally identified.
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "We are aware of an incident in France involving two British nationals.
"We have approached next of kin to offer consular assistance."
Antonio Martin shooting: Black teenager may have tried to ambush patrolman, says police officer's lawyer
Orphan kangaroos spend Christmas without their parents
Northern Lights above Britain: Stunning Aurora Borealis illuminates Northumberland sky on Christmas Eve
New route to Mars could make manned mission much cheaper and easier
Isis 'did not shoot down Jordan war plane' before capturing pilot, says US
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 4 Hip hop is both racial and political, and for Iggy Azalea to suggest otherwise is insulting
- 5 Man hospitalised with pneumonia after downing eggnog at office Christmas party