The bodies of five dead babies have been found in a house in southwestern France, according to reports.
After finding the body of a newborn in a thermal bag on Thursday morning, officers “discovered four more bodies of babies during their search” at the house in Louchats, near Bordeaux.
Reports in French media have said the four remaining bodies were found in a freezer.
The father has been taken into custody while the mother is being treated in hospital.
The couple has two daughters aged 13 and 15.
The worst case of infanticide in recent French history dates back to 2010, when a mother admitted to killing eight of her babies, smothering them immediately after they were born.