( News) France has opened an investigation into the disappearance of Meng Hongwei, the Chinese head of the international police agency Interpol.

His family have not heard from him since he left Interpol HQ in the French city of Lyon for a trip back to China a week ago, police sources say.

“He did not disappear in France,” a source close to the inquiry told AFP.

The South China Morning Post quoted a source as saying Mr Meng, 64, was “taken away” for questioning in China.