French lighthouse death: Girl, 12, falls from tower while filming TV show

The girl was performing in a programme about French monuments

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A schoolgirl has plummeted to her death from a 53-metre-high lighthouse in France, while filming for a television programme.

The 12-year-old was taking part in an aerial acrobatics performance at the Cap Ferret Lighthouse in Bordeaux, for The Favourite Monuments of the French programme which showcases the nation’s best-loved buildings.

She and other members of the Adrenaline company, which is reportedly owned by her father, were suspended around the lighthouse during a nighttime performance when she fell, according to the Sud Ouest local news website.

The Cap-Ferret in Lege-Cap-Ferret, western France

Police confirmed the girl’s death, but had no further details.

Filming on the show has been suspended, France Television has said.

Additional reporting by AP