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French parents mistakenly leave little girl in Germany

A French couple dropped off their 5-year-old daughter at her school on the German side of the border and left, unaware the school was closed due to a bank holiday. A neighbor found the crying girl and alerted the police.

A small boy, back to camera, is led down stairs by an adult woman at a school in Dortmund, Germany. Taken on July 1, 2016.

Children in many parts of Germany, like the Dortmund boy pictured above, stayed at home for Corpus Christi

The child endured "a sad, and most of all, a lonely morning" at her deserted school near the border, Offenburg's police said on Thursday.

According to authorities, the girl's parents followed their morning routine of driving across the nearby border to the French-German school in the town of Kappel-Grafenhausen. The dropped the child off, said goodbye to her, and drove off, without realizing that the school was closed for the day.

Karte Kappel-Grafenhausen Deutschland ENG

The village of Kappel-Grafenhausen is next to the Rhine river, which marks the border between the two countries

The Christian celebration of Corpus Christi is also a public holiday in the Catholic-majority state of Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

"The French family has likely forgotten about this," the Offenburg police said in an online statement.

A local woman later discovered the crying girl in the schoolyard and called the police. The officers, in turn, managed to track down a school administrator who was able to contact the parents, prompting them to come and pick her up.

dj/msh (AP, AFP)

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