Bodies of top French sports stars arrive home

The bodies of three sports stars and five crew members killed in a helicopter crash in Argentina while filming a reality TV show arrived back in Paris on Sunday.

Bodies of top French sports stars arrive home
Camille Muffat, Florence Arthaud and Alexis Vastine.

Relatives and officials gathered at Charles de Gaulle airport near Parisfor a small ceremony, an airport source told AFP.

The coffins of yachtswoman Florence Arthaud, Olympic champion swimmerCamille Muffat and boxer Alexis Vastine, along with the crew members, arrived shortly before 11:00 am local time, the source said.

French Sports Minister Patrick Kanner, the Argentine ambassador and NoncePaoli, who heads the TF1 channel that was producing the television show, were also at the airport.

The eight French nationals died along with two Argentine pilots on March 9during the filming of the reality show "Dropped" when two helicopters collided shortly after takeoff from the remote village of Villa Castelli in northwestern Argentina.

There were no survivors.

The victims' bodies will be transported to their home towns for burial, thesource added.

"Dropped," which was to air on TF1 but was immediately cancelled after thecrash, featured sports stars who were taken blindfolded into rugged environments and given 72 hours to get to a place where they could charge a mobile phone.


33 hurt after Paris to London Flixbus overturns in northern France

Thirty-three people were injured on Sunday, four seriously, when a bus travelling between Paris and London overturned in northern France while turning off a busy motorway, police said.

33 hurt after Paris to London Flixbus overturns in northern France
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The Flixbus vehicle toppled on its side around midday (1100 GMT) as it took an exit from the A1 motorway, France's busiest route, a police statement said. 

There were 33 people on board, of whom 29 sustained light injuries and four were seriously wounded. Some of the injured were foreign nationals.

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The statement did not say whether the bus was bound for London or for Paris. Rescue teams from the police, fire brigade, and ambulance service rushed to the scene.

The motorway exit has been closed, the statement said.

According to the newspaper “Courrier Picard”, the bus skidded in a curve on the wet road, crashed into a barrier and overturned.

It is yet another incident for the embattled German brand, with several crashes across Europe so far in 2019. 

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In October, one person was killed and 17 injured when a Flixbus rolled in Southern France. 

Several people were injured in two separate crashes in Germany in June, while one person was killed and 60 injured in a crash in Switzerland in May.