Relatives, friends and colleagues of those who were on the stricken Air France flight earlier this week, have been to a remembrance service at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. It was a multi-faith affair, led by the Archbishop of Paris, who began by reading out a message of condolence from the Pope.
President Sarkozy was there, flanked by his wife, and joined by leading figures from the French government and opposition parties. Members of the Air France board were on the cathedral steps to greet the dignitaries, who included the former French President Jacques Chirac. ‘It is impossible to understand,’ said one mourner. ‘It could have happened to any of us. We are here to show that we love everyone. We are all here to pay our last respects.’ Dozens of Air France personnel were there to remember their colleagues on the Rio to Paris flight. The service was relayed by loudspeaker to hundreds of members of the public outside.