Owner of Rafale manufacturing company Olivier Dassault, died in a tragic chopper crash on Sunday. Soon after the report aired, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his condolences and called his tragic death "a great loss."
"Olivier Dassault loved France. A captain of industry, lawmaker... during his life, he never ceased to serve our country. His sudden death is a great loss. Thoughts on his family and loved ones," Macron tweeted.
The 69-year-old died on Sunday in a helicopter crash in the northern French town of Touques, in the Normandy region. The pilot is also killed.
The French billionaire politician was the president of strategy and development of the family-controlled aerospace and software conglomerate Dassault Aviation Group, which builds warplanes including the famed Rafale and business and military jets.