Fighter jet disappears from radars
A breaking news story on Wednesday afternoon concerned the disappearance from the radars of a French fighter jet in eastern France.
The Mirage 2000 aircraft disappeared in the mountainous Jura region of eastern France near the border with Switzerland.
“We're looking for this plane which disappeared from the radars” in the Jura, the prefecture administration said.
? #Mirage2000 ?? Un Mirage 2000 a disparu des des radars de surveillance vers 11 heures entre le Doubs et le Jura. Le plan SATER (Sauvetage Aéro-Terrestre) a été déclenché par la préfecture. » https://t.co/4V46wsmCUh pic.twitter.com/9TbN7qIJXi
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The jet disappeared in poor weather conditions and helicopters were initially unable to take off to join the search due to thick fog and snow. Gendarmes in the area appealed to the public for help and launched a huge search operation.
Later on Wednesday there were reports of debris and a parachute being found on the border between the departments of Doubs and Jura, near the village of Mignovillard, suggesting the plane had crashed. The plane had two pilots on board, a man and woman. Both remained missing.
Witnesses reported hearing an explosion in the area at the time the plane disappeared. The plane was on a training mission and was unarmed.
???DISPARU DES RADARS – Des débris ainsi qu’un parachute ont été retrouvés à la frontière entre le #Doubs et le #Jura, renforçant la thèse d’un crash du Mirage 2000. Les deux pilotes restent toujours introuvables (L’Est Républicain). pic.twitter.com/1zELpK0IS2
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Drivers warned in Dordogne
Authorities in the Dordogne department of south west France have taken the step of warning drivers after a tragic start to the year on the roads.
Two drivers have been killed since the start of 2019.
Paris City Hall has reported that courts have handed out a record €2.1 million in fines to property owners who have been illegally renting out their apartments on Airbnb.
Paris has strict rules on how long property owners can rent out second homes for and the City Hall says most of the fines have targeted owners of multiple properties who have been renting them out illegally to tourists.
— Tuline Masson (@TulineMasson) January 9, 2019