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Unidentified remains of Germanwings crash victims buried in French Alps

Unidentified remains of Germanwings crash victims buried in French Alps
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By Seamus Kearney
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The ceremony comes amid controversy over how Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, has dealt with the crash

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An emotional ceremony has taken place in the French Alps for the families of victims of the Germanwings aircrash.

The burial of remains that were not able to be identified has taken place, four months to the day since co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately killed all 150 people on board.

Francois Balique, the Mayor of Le Vernet, said: “The idea is to make this mountain a place of silence, a place of remembrance, where people can gather to pay their respects, where the families can come to remember their loved ones.”

The ceremony comes amid controversy over how Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, has dealt with the crash.

Victims’ families have rejected a compensation offer, calling the individual payments “deeply insulting” and equivalent to what the airline ‘s chief executive earns in a week.

As well as questions over the co-pilot and whether he could have been stopped, the company’s boss has been heavily criticised for the way he dealt with the crisis.

Relatives of #Germanwings crash victims meet for ceremony in French Alps http://t.co/yYljQvAO3g#4U9525pic.twitter.com/D7PSKPIS9b

— dwnews (@dwnews) July 24, 2015

Slideshow: 4 months after the Germanwings crash in the French Alps – a memorial ceremony near the disaster site pic.twitter.com/hxp4CllHQ4

— RTÉ News (@rtenews) July 24, 2015

Germanwings: crash families ‘insulted’ by airline’s payout offers http://t.co/BfLX05gG8Fpic.twitter.com/2hw7D7pvlw

— The Times of London (@thetimes) July 22, 2015

Parents of children killed in Germanwings crash demand apology for 'insulting' £60k they were offered http://t.co/ntVzSTqKTg

— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) July 21, 2015

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