Two French citizens were shot dead in Haiti at the weekend shortly after flying into Port-au-Prince to adopt a child, diplomatic and other sources said on Monday.
An official at the French embassy confirmed that a French couple had been killed, without giving further details of the exact circumstances of their deaths.
According to two other sources, however, the couple were from the Ardeche region of southeastern France and had arrived in Haiti to adopt a child.
One of the sources said they were killed in an armed robbery that turned deadly.
A spokeswoman for the Ardeche department confirmed that the couple, from the town of Saint-Martin-d'Ardeche, had been given a green light last year to adopt their first child.