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Helicopter crash kills two in central France

Two men were killed Tuesday night after their helicopter crashed in central France, firefighters said.

Helicopter crash kills two in central France
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Both men on board, aged 64 and 69 years old, died when their small helicopter went down as it flew over the Chatellerault airfield in the Vienne department.

Fourteen firefighters responded to the emergency call at 8.00 pm (1800 GMT). 

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Three die in kayak tragedy off northern French coast

Three people have died while kayaking off the northern French coast, authorities said Sunday.

Three die in kayak tragedy off northern French coast
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A fourth person aged 15 was rescued, suffering from hypothermia, and taken to hospital, they added.

The Amiens prefecture said the bodies of a man and a woman in their 50s were found on the beach at Crotoy after midnight while the body of another man was recovered later.

It said eight kayakers, members of a local club at Saint-Valery-Sur-Somme, set out Saturday afternoon but they split up into two groups, with four returning to base and the others continuing, aiming for Cayeux-sur-Mer down the coast.

The alarm was raised at 17:45 pm (1645 GMT), with two helicopters and rescue boats involved.

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