World news – French billionaire Olivier Dassault dies in a helicopter crash

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A French politician who was one of the richest people in the world was killed in a helicopter crash in northwestern France, according to the authorities.

Olivier Dassault, the 69-year-old heir to the family-run Dassault Group, who Falcon private jets and Rafale fighter jets who manufacture died along with a pilot on Sunday when an Airbus AS350 helicopter crashed shortly after taking off from a private airfield in the city of Touques, Normandy, authorities said. Investigators traveled to the site on Monday and a judicial investigation into possible manslaughter was underway, the Associated Press reported, citing regional prosecutors.

Dassault, a Conservative who had served in the House of Commons since 2002, was listed as one of Forbes magazine’s 500 richest people in 2020. According to Forbes, Dassault’s net worth on Monday was $ 7.2 billion.

Dassault, one of four children who inherited his father’s fortune in 2018, was president of strategy and development for the family-run aerospace company – and software company. Dassault’s grandfather, Marcel, founded Dassault Aviation, which began manufacturing propellers during World War I.

According to Forbes, the family empire also includes one of the oldest daily newspapers in the country, Le Figaro, Weinberge and a private aviation company.

The cause of the crash, which occurred near the place where the tycoon a vacation home Wasn’t immediately clear, the Guardian reported. « Olivier Dassault loved France, » tweeted Macron. “As a business leader, member of parliament, councilor, reserve commander of the Air Force, he has never stopped serving our country in his life to promote what was great about it. His brutal death is a great loss. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. “

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