Co-pilot Rémi Emmanuel Plesel is among the 162 people aboard the Airbus plane that went missing early Sunday en route to Singapore.
Poll says 72 percent hold favourable opinions of German chancellor, way above President Hollande's ratings which have sunk as low as 12 percent.
Pharmacist admitted to hospital on Indian Ocean island with a moderate fever had recently carried out humanitarian work in Ebola-hit Guinea.
The narrow vote in France's upper house follows a similar move by MPs in the National Assembly earlier this month.
Release of Serge Lazarevic after being held by Islamists for three years means there are now no more French hostages anywhere in world.
Under new proposals councils would be allowed to grant trading licences on 12 Sundays a year, compared to the current five.
Hollande, who was in Moscow on way back from trip to Kazakhstan, is most senior Western leader to visit Russia since it annexed Crimea.
Jean-Yves Le Drian's comments came days after President Hollande said France would postpone handover of first ship because of Ukraine crisis.
Another jihadist complains that 'they make me do all the washing' as grim reality of life in Syria sinks in for young French Islamist recruits.
Most of the 41 injured, seven of whom are in a serious condition, were pensioners from the town of Ouistreham in Normandy.
French president has 100 days to deliver on changes after EU set a deadline for removing barriers to growth by March 2015.
Haiti-born Jean, 57, becomes the first women to be chosen as secretary general of the International Organization of Francophonie.
The thriller starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman has already been seen by more than 52 million people around the world.
Muslim convert David Drugeon, 24, was a bomb-maker said to be working with al-Qaeda veterans accused of plotting attacks on the West.
Former major figure in government has enrolled at top institution because he wants to set up own firm and 'running a business is a real job'.