Olivier Dassault, the French billionaire politician, has been killed in a helicopter crash.
President Emmanuel Macron confirmed the industrialist’s demise in a tribute to the 69-year-old legislator on Twitter.
“Olivier Dassault liked France,” Mr Macron wrote. “Captain of trade, lawmaker, native elected official, reserve commander within the air power: throughout his life, he by no means ceased to serve our nation, to worth its belongings. His sudden demise is a superb loss. Ideas on his household and family members.”
The accident occurred within the Calvados space of the Normandy area of northwestern France on Sunday afternoon the place he has a vacation dwelling.
Mr Dassault was the eldest son of billionaire Serge Dassault, whose group builds the Rafale warfare planes and owns Le Figaro newspaper.
He was thought-about the 361st richest man on this planet alongside his two brothers and sister however stepped down from his position on the board of Dassault to keep away from any battle of curiosity as a result of his political position.
Mr Dassault had been a member of the Nationwide Meeting for the conservative Les Republicains occasion since 2002.
Valerie Pecresse, a conservative politician who’s president of the Paris area, tweeted: “Nice unhappiness on the information of the sudden disappearance of Olivier Dassault.
“A businessman, but additionally a famend photographer, he had a ardour for politics in his blood, rooted in his division of Oise. My heat ideas to his household.”
Mr Dassault’s father Serge died of a coronary heart assault in his Paris workplace on the age of 93 in Could 2018.
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