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Total boss Christophe de Margerie buried in Normandy

October 28, 2014, 14:45 UTC+3 PARIS
The funeral service near the town of Saint-Pair-sur-Mer was attended by some 250 relatives and friends
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Funeral service at Saint Sulpice church in Paris, France, October 27, 2014

Funeral service at Saint Sulpice church in Paris, France, October 27, 2014

© AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere

PARIS, October 28. /TASS/. The CEO of France’s oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, killed in a jet crash at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport on October 20, was buried in a family vault at a private ceremony in Normandy, north-western France, on Tuesday.

The funeral service near the town of Saint-Pair-sur-Mer was attended by relatives and friends. “Some 200-250 people were present,” police said, adding that no incidents were reported during the ceremony. 

On Monday, more than 1,700 people attended a public funeral service for de Margerie at Saint Sulpice cathedral — one of the most magnificent cathedrals in Paris. His widow, three grown-up children and grandchildren came to pay last respects to the great man.

French President Francois Hollande, Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Secretary General of the Elysee Palace Jean-Pierre Jouyet, high-ranking officials of the Total Corporation, Head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde and managers of the biggest French companies attended a mourning ceremony for de Margerie.

Russia was represented at the ceremony by Russian ambassador to France Alexander Orlov and top managers of a number of Russian oil and gas corporations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier said de Margerie had been a “true friend” of Russia.

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