A French MP with several billionaires was killed in a horror helicopter crash in northern France.
Olivier Dassault’s plane landed over the town of Touques in Normandy on Sunday.
The father of three, the 361st richest person in the world, died next to another man who had not been identified.
Early reports suggest that Olivier, who set numerous world records for airspeed, was not flying the helicopter at the time of the tragedy.
French President Emmanuel Macron took to Twitter a few hours later to greet someone who “loved France” and was “a captain of industry, a MP, a locally elected official and an Air Force commander who never stopped talking to our country serve, and to promote their wealth “.
Mr. Macron added, “His sudden death is a great loss. Thoughts for his family and loved ones.”
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The 69-year-old was the eldest son of the late French billionaire Serge Dassault, whose company builds the Rafale fighter jets and who owns the Le Figaro newspaper.
Dassault had been a member of the Conservative Republican Party since 2002 and, along with his two brothers and sisters, the 361st richest person in the world.
The qualified pilot first set a speed record in 1977 in a Dassault Falcon 50 that flew from New York to Paris.
There were similar successes in the following decades, including 1996 with a Falcon 900 EX from Paris to Abu Dhabi.
Dassault had resigned due to his political role as director of Dassault in order to avoid conflicts of interest.
He was once considered a favorite to succeed his father as head of the family business, but the role went instead to former Dassault Aviation CEO Charles Edelstenne.
At the time of his death, financial sources in Paris believed that his fortune exceeded the equivalent of £ 6 billion, according to sources.