Paris protestors demand Egypt air crash details

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PARIS, Nov 1 (AFP) - Some 200 relatives and friends of the 148 people killed in the January crash of a Flash Airlines jet into the Red Sea on Monday protested outside the Egyptian embassy in Paris, demanding answers from Cairo.

PARIS, Nov 1 (AFP) - Some 200 relatives and friends of the 148 people killed in the January crash of a Flash Airlines jet into the Red Sea on Monday protested outside the Egyptian embassy in Paris, demanding answers from Cairo.

Under the watchful eye of Parisian police, the demonstrators - each carrying a single white rose - marched in silence, some of them carrying photographs of their loved ones.

"Egypt, no return trip" or "Chirac-Mubarak, a deafening silence", read signs held by the protesters, referring to the French and Egyptian presidents.

The Boeing 737 airliner crashed into the Red Sea on January 3 shortly after take-off from the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing all 148 passengers and crew on board. Most of the victims were French tourists.

The brother of Philippe Fouchard - a Dijon man who died in the crash, along with his wife and nine of their children and grandchildren - condemned what he called the "total blackout" imposed by Egyptian authorities about the accident.

"The families cannot even recover personal effects like the mobile phones of their lost loved ones," he told AFP.

Marc Chernet, president of an association of the victims' families, said the protest was organised to denounce Egypt's failure to respond to requests from French magistrates for further information about the incident.

Last month, Egyptian investigators said data contained on the jet's black boxes did not yield any evidence indicating that the crash was the result of crew negligence.

A preliminary report on the crash is due to be published on November 11. A final report is expected by the end of June 2005.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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