Air crash investigators and search teams have begun a third day scouring the wreckage of the Germanwings A320, which crashed with 150 people on board on Tuesday.
Investigators say the priority is to recover the second black box flight recorder.
As the emergency services continue with the painstaking probe the civil authorities in Seyne-les-Alpes are preparing to receive the families of the victims.
Francis Hermitte is the mayor of the village close to the crash site:
“Firstly we will welcome them at the youth centre where we have interpreters, psycologists and doctors on hand and then we will respond accordingly to any of their questions. We will try to do everything we can to
help and console them and keep them updated with the latest information.”
Our correspondent in Seyne-les-Alpes Laurence Alexandrowicz says: “ Between four and five hundred of the victims families are expected in Seyne-les-Alps they will meet in the building behind me, which has been transformed into a shrine. The relatives will be kept away from the media out of respect. The families will be able to pose questions and be taken closer to the cash site, which was visited by international leaders, yesterday.”