The family of a man who died with his two young children in a car crash on a French motorway said their lives had been "torn apart" by the incident and "will never be the same again".
John Crompton, 31, and his son Morgan Lund, nine, and daughter Evie-Lily Crompton, four, were killed in a crash on the A39 near Beaurepaire-en-Bresse, which is between Lyon and Dijon, shortly after 7am on Sunday.
Another son, Kyle, two, remains seriously ill in hospital, along with the dead children's mother, Makayla Lund, 25.
A statement released on behalf of the family said: "A devastating tragedy has left our family heartbroken forever. Our lives have been torn apart and will never be the same again.
"We have lost the heart of our family. As a family we ask for our privacy to be respected at this extremely difficult time."