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No survivors in French helicopter crash

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PARIS, France (CNN) -- Eight people were killed Thursday when an Italian military helicopter crashed in the countryside in northeastern France, according to area officials and the Italian government.

The crash occurred about 4:30 p.m. (1430 GMT) near Lisle-en-Barrois, a village in Meuse department, said Alexandra Petit, a spokeswoman for the Lisle-en-Barrois Regional Authority. Everyone on board the helicopter was killed, she said.

The Italian Defence Ministry said in a statement that eight Italian servicemen in the air force had died in a "tragic incident" involving an HH3F helicopter in France.

Italian Minister of Defense Ignazio la Russa expressed his condolences to the victims' families, the statement said.

CNN's Florian Guillemin in Paris and Hada Messia in Rome contributed to this report

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