Renzi 'deeply shocked' by France air crash

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A helicopter flies off to the scene of the crash site in the French Alps. Photo: AFP
16:42 CET+01:00
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Tuesday said he was "deeply shocked" by the Germanwings plane crash in France, in which all 150 people on board are feared to be dead.

Renzi said he was “deeply shocked by the (airbus) A320 disaster in the French Alps, which crashed while travelling to Germany from Spain on Tuesday morning.

The Italian premier offered his condolences to the three countries’ leaders, “Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel and Mariano Rajoy for the victims and their families.”

Sixty-seven Germans and 45 Spaniards are believed to have been on board the Germanwings flight, from Barcelona to Düsseldorf, when it crashed in between the towns of Digne-les-Bains and Barcelonnette.

When contacted by The Local, Italy’s foreign ministry and the country’s embassy in Paris were not immediately able to confirm if any Italian passengers were on board.

Italy’s foreign minister, Paolo Gentiloni, mirrored Renzi’s comments in saying he was “deeply shocked” by the air disaster.

“I want to express my solidarity with the victims and their families,” Gentiloni said, extending his support to Germany, Spain, Turkey, Belgium and all other countries whose nationals had been on board. 

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