French nun murdered in Madagascar: foreign ministry

A French nun has been killed in northern Madagascar, where she had lived since the early 1970s, France's foreign ministry said Saturday.

"It is with deep sadness that we have learned of the murder" of Sister Emmanuelle Helesbeux on March 1, said the ministry in a statement.

Helesbeux, who was more than 80 years old, worked as a nurse in the town of Mandritsara.

The foreign ministry said an investigation had been opened.