PARIS – French President Francois Hollande said Saturday he wants the remains of all passengers on the Air Algerie plane that fell from the sky and disintegrated to be brought to France and the site of this week’s catastrophe marked with a memorial to the 118 who died.
U.N. peacekeepers in Mali found the second black box of the Air Algerie plane at the remote disaster site in the north, and the French president said the data and voice recorders must be analyzed as quickly as possible to determine the cause of the crash early Thursday.
Nearly half of the victims, 54, were French and Hollande has taken a leading role in the aftermath, stressing the need to determine the cause of the crash in a storm, without ruling out any possibilities.
French authorities have said extreme bad weather was the probable cause but aren’t ruling out anything, even terrorism. The plane went down in a restive area of Mali, where extremists roam.