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Family of Total’s ex-CEO heads to Moscow to take his remains to France

October 22, 2014, 16:33 UTC+3 PARIS

A date for the funeral hasn't been set yet

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PARIS, October 22. /TASS/. Family members of the former CEO of French oil giant Total are departing for Moscow to take to France the remains of Christophe de Margerie, who was killed in a jet crash at Vnukovo-3 airport on Monday.

Fabrice Jacquin de Margerie, the son of the late oil boss, is due to arrive in the Russian capital in the coming hours, said the mayor of the northwestern French city of Saint-Pair-sur-Mer, where the family lives.

Mayor Bernard Sorre said the date for the funeral of Christophe de Margerie in this small town in the Manche department, where the family grave is located, has not been yet set.

The mayor said citing Fabrice Jacquin de Margerie that the funeral will take place in Paris. He said no plans have been confirmed to repeat the ceremony in Saint-Pair-sur-Mer.

Christophe de Margerie was killed shortly before midnight Moscow time on Monday when the Falcon jet carrying him collided with a snowplow during takeoff, caught fire and fell onto the runway. Three crewmembers, all of them French citizens, also died in the crash.

Russian investigators on Tuesday accused senior airport officials of criminal negligence over a plane crash. They also confirmed that the snowplow operator was drunk.

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