The preliminary results of the investigation, the couple lived a difficult divorce.
In August, the father, aged 49 years and locksmith training, had been sentenced to fifteen months in prison, which closed three months, for "violence" on his wife.
Under "Latest News from Alsace, the husband had taken his wife by force in the forest of Haguenau and have practiced violence to force her to abandon the separation.
His wife, a hospital employee, had left home August 31 with their three daughters.
After his release November 5, the father had obtained a right of access to his daughters, but he was prohibited from approaching his wife, who lives in the same city.
The girls had spent New Year's Day, the anniversary of their father, with their paternal grandparents, who live 500 yards away.
According to them, father and children left their home around 2 o'clock Saturday.
The drama took place between two and eight hours, said Eric Vuilleminot, interregional director of the Judicial Police (PJ).
Horrible. Horrifying. Islam.