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The hotel was set on fire and four of its employees perished. The manageress was injured, though not seriously. Alice Brooking, a student staying in the hotel was talking to her sister on the phone when the Concorde came down.

She opened her room's door to see the hallway in flames. Without hesitating, she jumped out of her room's window, which was one story above the ground. Debris was falling about her as she made her way through the smoke to the nearest road.

At 17:00, 50 teenage members of a British jazz band - invited to perform at five concerts in Paris - were expected to arrive at the hotel. They did, after the crash.

Remembrance Services

Services were held during the rest of the week; in the Jacques-Brel community hall in Gonesse andphoto: boulangerie, open in the church of the Christus-Pavillon at the exposition in Hannover.

At Air France headquarters at Charles-de-Gaulle on Friday, 8000 Air France employees gathered to offer a final goodbye to their comrades.

Open the last week in July; in August, who knows?

On Friday, the inhabitants of Gonesse walked in silence to the scene of the accident, to pose bouquets, while passenger planes taking off from nearby Charles-de-Gaulle roared over their heads at 90-second intervals.

Paris Airports

The tragic crash of the Concorde last Tuesday re-ignited long-standing discussions about airports in the Paris region. For years, authorities have been trying to fix a location for a third airport. For all of their proposals, there is no public support.

While the Charles-de-Gaulle airport at Roissy was built in a low population area northeast of Paris some years ago, suburbs have grown around towns that -initially - were not directly under its flight paths.

The currently proposed extension of Roissy, as it is known here, directly affects the town of Goussainville, which is only a few kilometres to the north of Gonesse.

The population is still fairly low to the east of the airport, but most takeoffs are to the west - into the prevailing westerly winds.

Orly airport, almost directly south of Paris; is much older and is completely hemmed-in by urbanization. Many kilometres away, slightly to the southwest, flights can be annoying on Sundays as charter planes pass frequently over the southern edge of the Chevreuse valley.

Media Coverage of the Crash

There are plane crashes but there are very few Concorde crashes. As the media scrambled to the scene of the disaster last Tuesday, extensive video coverage of the crash scene was shown on the evening's main TV-news shows at 20:00.

However, the Concorde - as an almost mythical aircraft - has always fascinated amateur photographers. Photos and videos of the actual take-off, showing the Concorde trailingphoto: rue lecourbe, open a torch of flame, were captured by several.

One such shot was on the front page of Wednesday's Le Parisien - and probably many of the world's newspapers. Since then, many more photos and videos have surfaced.

The Rue Lecourbe, open all year but pretty quiet in August.

These images have been useful for the media, but they are invaluable for the crash's investigators. Between still shots and videos, there is an almost non-stop image record of the whole flight.

Together with the Concorde's two flight recorders, the investigators have been much more rapid than usual in formulating plausible causes of the crash. All the same, they are still collecting all the pieces of the aircraft, in order to offer the most complete explanation possible.

Web Life In France:

The 'After' Eclipse

Serious celestial eclipses do not happen often, and when they are over your attention may wander from the sky unless you are waiting for rain or waiting for it to go away.

For full-time star-gazers the life of outer space goes on - forever? - so it makes sense to check into my neighboring Observatoire de Paris from time to time, to see what's new in the heavens.

Repeat: Summer Festivals

Take another look at the Ministry of Culture's Web site for the section "Organismes" and then look for the Festivals category, and should find nearly 1000 events on this summer throughout France. These are classified by regions, themes or key-words and the information is updated weekly with addresses and telephone numbers. There are also some links to additional information.

Forever: Paris' Peace Wall

This still leaves the URL for Paris' Peace Wall which I imagine is still on the Champ de Mars. If so, this 'Mur Pour la Paix' is worthwhile because 'Peace' lives on! You can also learn how to read the word 'peace' in 31 languages, including Dutch.

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