The fabulously wealthy French politician Olivier Dassault, deputy on behalf of the center-right Les Républicains (LR) party, was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday. His plane crashed near Deauville, in northwestern France, where he had a vacation home. The pilot, the only other occupant, also did not survive the accident. Dassault, descendant of a well-known industrialist family, was 69 years old.
President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged Dassault via Twitter. “Olivier Dassault loved France. Company manager, delegate, locally elected, reserve commander of the Air Force: he has served our country all his life, using all his strength. His sudden death is a great loss. Thoughts are with his family and loved ones, ”Macron’s tweet said.
We do not yet know anything about the cause of the crash. The prosecution opened an investigation. The crushed politician is a grandson of Marcel Dassault, who earned a fortune designing and building fighter jets, among other things. Later, his company became a military-industrial conglomerate.
Serge Dassault, Olivier’s father, who died in 2018, succeeded as heir. As a billionaire, he was also active in politics. It was assumed that Olivier as the eldest son would succeed him in the Dassault group, but this eventually became Charles Edelstenne, the former CEO of Dassault Aviation.
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