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Wife of ambassador to Lebanon in Ethiopian jet crash

The wife of France's ambassador to Lebanon, Marla Sanchez Pietton, was on board the Ethiopian airliner that crashed into the Mediterranean sea early on Monday shortly after take off, according to a Lebanese government official and the embassy.

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AFP - The wife of France's ambassador to Lebanon was on board an Ethiopian airliner that crashed into the Mediterranean sea early Monday on takeoff, a Lebanese government official and the embassy told AFP.

"Among the names on the passenger list was that of Marla Sanchez Pietton, the wife of the French ambassador to Lebanon," a government official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

An embassy spokeswoman confirmed that the ambassador's spouse was on board Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 which was transporting 83 passengers and seven crew.

There were no immediate reports of survivors.

Ambassador Denis Pietton took up his post in Lebanon in September.

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