French government praises 'solidarity' in Alps following Germanwings crash

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By Sarah Taylor  with AP
French government praises 'solidarity' in Alps following Germanwings crash

France’s Interior Minister visited the French Alps on Friday (April 3) and praised local residents and recovery workers for their solidarity following the Germanwings crash.

During his time in Seyne les Alpes, Bernard Cazeneuve also laid a wreath in memory of the 150 victims.

“No one is ever prepared for such an event,” he said. “And yet, an immediate show of solidarity could be seen, which included the entire region. The beautiful solidarity of people from the mountains and also of the state services. It’s now down to the investigation to shed light on the cause of this drama.”

His visit came on the same day France’s BEA crash investigation agency announced black box data showed the jet’s co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, had repeatedly increased the plane’s speed in the moments before impact.

Investigators say he used the automatic pilot to descend the A320 onto the mountains, which the say confirms that the downing of the plane was a deliberate act.