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Tributes paid to copter crash stars

French sports minister Patrick Kanner is asking for tributes to be paid at sports events to the three athletes who died in a helicopter crash.

Olympic champion swimmer Camille Muffat, Olympic bronze-medallist boxer Alexis Vastine and pioneering sailor Florence Arthaud were among 10 people who died as two helicopters filming a reality show crashed in a remote part of Argentina on Monday.

Speaking at a remembrance ceremony at the French National Institute For Sports, Mr Kanner said: "It's a small part of France that disappeared in Argentina."

About 400 people, including families of the victims and athletes, gathered at the ceremony in Paris and held a minute's silence.

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