Billionaire politician dies in ‘brutal’ helicopter crash as tributes flow

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French billionaire politician Olivier Dassault has been killed in a helicopter crash.

The 69-year-old son of industrialist Serge Dassault died on Sunday following an aircraft crash in Calvados, north west France, according to local reports.

Le Parisien reported that the private flight crashed in the town of Touques, with the pilot also killed.

He is said to have visited the area as he owns a holiday home there and was due to return on Sunday evening.

Emmanuel Macron has paid tribute to the MP who never ceased "to serve our country".

"Olivier Dassault loved France," the President said in a tweet.

"Captain of industry, deputy, local elected, reserve commander in the air force: his life throughout, he never ceased to serve our country, to promote its assets.

"His brutal death is a great loss. Thoughts are with his family and loved ones."

His dad was the chairman and CEO of the Dassault Group.

Eric Dupond-Moretti, the French Minister of Justice, said he was "very saddened" by the death.

He tweeted: “The Republic brutally loses one of its great servants.

"All my thoughts are with his family, that of the pilot, his relatives and all his bereaved collaborators.

"We will miss him."

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