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Prosecutor wants video of Schumacher ski accident

A French state prosecutor has said he wants to obtain an alleged mobile phone video of the skiing accident that critically injured Formula One legend Michael Schumacher.

The former champion's fall at the Meribel ski resort in the French Alps, in which he hit his head on a rock, has left the 45-year-old in a medically-induced coma with severe brain trauma.

Questions have emerged about the circumstances of the accident, and Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, announced on Saturday that his family has given French authorities a camera fixed to his helmet to help the inquiry.

Albertville prosecutor Patrick Quincy said French investigators are also taking steps to obtain a copy of a smartphone video cited in a report by German news magazine Der Spiegel.

Mr Quincy declined to comment further before he holds a planned news conference later this week.

Spiegel reported that an unnamed 35-year-old man had contacted the magazine claiming to have captured the accident on video while filming his girlfriend on his smartphone a few metres away.

The witness claimed that Schumacher had been skiing gently between two ski pistes at no more than 20kmh just before his fall.

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The magazine did not show the video on its website, nor claim that its reporters had seen it.

Der Spiegel said the witness told them he planned to hand the video to prosecutors.

Yesterday, Schumacher's brother, Ralf, and father, Rolf, returned to the Grenoble hospital where he has been receiving care.

Schumacher is the most successful F1 driver in history, racking up a record 91 race wins. He retired from the sport in 2012 after winning an unmatched seven world titles.

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