An estimated 15,000 people turned out to take part on Monday in a tribute to three crew members of a French lifeboat, all volunteer rescuers, who died at the weekend after their boat overturned in heavy seas as they attempted to rescue a fisherman off the Atlantic coastal port of Sables-d’Olonne in ferocious storm conditions.
French President François Hollande led a ceremony in the Riviera town of Nice to honour the 86 people, aged between 2 and 92, who died on July 14th when a Tunisian man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group drove a heavy truck into Bastille Day crowds walking the seafront.
Yassin Salhi, 35, regarded by authorities as a militant Islamist, in June attacked his boss and the Air Products plant near Lyon where he worked.
The human smell of deceased loved ones – or even living lovers – can be reproduced and bottled, according to the woman behind the idea.
The French defence ministry said army master sergeant Samir Bajja died when his helicopter crashed in the politically volatile African nation.
The boss of French oil and gas giant Total, 63, and the three crew of his Falcon 50 executive jet died after it hit a snow plough on takeoff.
The man and woman died, and two other people were seriously injured, in separate incidents in southern France caused by violent storms.