FRENCH police have detained a wedding guest for questioning in connection with the search for a 9-year-old girl who went missing at a weekend wedding party in the Alps.
The 34-year-old was detained on Thursday, prosecutor Dietlind Baudoin said in a statement.
The prosecutor warned against jumping to conclusions.
She said police wanted to clarify the whereabouts of a person who left the celebrations around when the girl disappeared in Pont-de-Beauvoisin, 85 kilometres from Lyon in southeastern France.
The detained person is a man, according to another official close to the police investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to discuss the case.
The prosecutor identified the missing girl as Maelys De Araujo.
A photo and a description of the girl has been posted and tweeted across France since her weekend disappearance. The local prosecutor has opened a kidnapping investigation.
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