French MP dies in plane crash

French MP dies in plane crash
French MP dies in plane crash

Olivier Dassault, French MP and the billionaire heir to the Dassault fortune, died in a helicopter crash in northern France, DW reports.

The 69-year-old, a lawmaker with the center-right Republicans party, was killed near Deauville in Normandy, where he had a holiday home.

Dassault was the son of the late Serge Dassault, a French industralist who led one of the county's biggest defense companies.

The family also control Le Figaro, a leading conservative newspaper in France.

He was elected to the National Assembly - France's lower house of parliament - in 2002 and represented the Oise area.

French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to him on Twitter.

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