A manhunt is underway to catch a motorist who fled the scene of a crash which killed a former Lancashire council chief executive whose family live in Burnley.
Former Blackpool Council boss Steve Weaver, who has a daughter and two grandchildren who live in the town, died after being involved in a collision with a Ford car near his holiday home in the hamlet of Veaux near Malaucene.
The 64-year-old, who has three children, had been cycling in the region when the “hit and run” tragedy happened on Wednesday.
Commander Sébastien Roussignol, from the police in Malaucène, said: “The cyclist had gone out for a ride in the countryside.
“The driver of the car coming in the opposite direction lost control and hit the cyclist.
“He was hit by the car and left for dead. The driver escaped on foot. They have not yet been identified and we are searching for them.
“The helicopter was put up to help Mr Weaver and take him to hospital, but he was already in respiratory arrest.”
Mr Weaver retired from Blackpool Council at the end of 2011 after nearly 10 years at the helm.
He was also instrumental in the creation of Blackburn with Darwen Council when the authority broke away from Lancashire County Council in 1998.
A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: “We are aware of the death of a British national in France.
“We stand ready to provide consular assistance to the family at this difficult time.”