Missing French tsunami victims declared dead

28th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 28 (AFP) - French courts on Friday started declaring French tourists swept away in the tsunami disaster in Asia dead after a month of searches failed to find their bodies, officials said.

PARIS, Jan 28 (AFP) - French courts on Friday started declaring French tourists swept away in the tsunami disaster in Asia dead after a month of searches failed to find their bodies, officials said.

Court papers which have the same legal weight as a death certificate were given for 24 people, most of whom disappeared while vacationing in Thailand.

Ten other cases were being examined with the papers expected to be delivered February 24, officials said.

The documents will allow the relatives of the victims to activate insurance policies, wills and other legal paperwork.

Information gathered by French foreign ministry staff was used to weigh the likelihood that the individuals had died.

The latest official death toll for French victims in the disaster stands at 22 confirmed dead, 74 missing presumed dead and "around 50" who are unaccounted for, the foreign ministry said.

© AFP

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