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France pays last respects to late Chief of Total Corporation Christophe de Margerie

October 27, 2014, 18:19 UTC+3 PARIS
The burial service for Christophe de Margerie was held at Saint Sulpice cathedral - one of the most magnificent cathedrals in Paris
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PARIS, October 27. /TASS/. More than 1,700 people have attended a burial service for Christophe de Margerie, who was chief of the Total oil and gas Corporation. Christophe de Margerie died in plane crash at Vnukovo airport in Moscow overnight to October 21.

The burial service for Christophe de Margerie was held at Saint Sulpice cathedral - one of the most magnificent cathedrals in Paris.

Christophe de Margerie's widow, his 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 Christophe 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.

Christophe de Margerie will be buried in his family vault in the town of Saint-Pair-sur-Mer in the northwest of France on October 28.

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