Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

South African court rules Jacob Zuma should face corruption charges

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

A Royal Challenge from the Obamas

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Lights go out in Venezuela and Saudi Arabia goes green (part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Stalemate in Spain and Protests in Paris (part 2)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Cinema, a French love affair

Read more

#TECH 24

'VR' immersive journalism

Read more

REVISITED

Nepal revisited, one year after the deadly earthquake

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

France's River Charente, a rich ecosystem

Read more

FOCUS

Libya: Who's running the country?

Read more

Americas

Brazil announces three days of mourning for crash victims

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-03

Brazil announced three days of national mourning for the 228 people who died in the crash of Air France flight 447. In Paris, French President Nicolas Sarkozy will attend a memorial at Notre Dame to commemorate the victims on Wednesday.

AFP - Brazil announced three days of national mourning starting Tuesday in memory of the 228 people who died in an Air France accident off its coast.
   
Vice President Jose Alencar declared the observance, in the absence of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who was on a trip to Guatamela.
   
The official mourning period followed Defense Minister Nelson Jobim's announcement on Tuesday that debris sighted 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) off Brazil's northeast coast in the Atlantic came from Air France flight AF 447 which disappeared early Monday.
   
The plane, which was nearly halfway through its 11-hour flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, was full with passengers with 32 nationalities, most of them French or Brazilian.
   
On Wednesday, Catholic and Muslim services were to be held in Paris in memory of the passengers and crew of the plane, including one in Notre-Dame cathedral to be attended by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
 

Date created : 2009-06-03

COMMENT(S)