'No wrongdoing' in Schumacher fall

Driver Michael Schumacher holding his skis before a giant slalom race in Madonna di Campiglio (January 2003) Image copyright AFP
Image caption The seven-time F1 champion is a keen skiier

The French prosecutor investigating Michael Schumacher's skiing accident says he has found no evidence of wrongdoing and has closed the probe.

Patrick Quincy said that the markers and information given at the Meribel resort where the accident happened conformed to French laws.

The 45-year-old German Formula 1 legend has been in intensive care since the incident on 29 December.

He was skiing off-piste when he fell and hit his head on a rock.

Investigators found that the rock which caused him to fall was 10.4m (34 feet) away from the rock on which he hit his head.

Both the rocks were more than 4m from the edge of the piste.

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Image caption Michael Schumacher was skiing in this rocky area between two pistes when he fell

The seven-time world racing champion remains in hospital in Grenoble.

His spokeswoman said on 30 January that the medical team were reducing his sedation to prepare to gradually bring him out of a coma.

Schumacher retired from racing in 2012 after a 19-year career.

He won two titles with Benetton, in 1994 and 1995, before switching to Ferrari in 1996 and going on to win five straight titles from 2000.

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