A major police hunt is underway in France for a three year old girl who was kidnapped in broad daylight in the southern city of Arles.Elise Andre was walking with her father when they were approached by two men and a woman. State Prosecutor Antoine Paganelli said: “ A woman approached them, snatched the girl and took her to a waiting car. Meanwhile the 2 men beat up the father and left him injured, almost unconscious, on the ground. Then they drove off with the girl.” Elise’s father also made an appeal. He said:” She must be handed to police as soon as possible. I have a damaged eye, an injured head, but the violence must end here.” The abduction has triggered a special alert across France used whenever a child has been abducted and thought to be in danger. Elise’s father is convinced her mother is behind the kidnapping in a custody battle which has gone so terribly wrong.