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Investigators working to establish the cause of the Alps air crash say they have managed to extract a usable audio file from the black box of the Germanwings aircraft.
Remi Jouty, director of France's BEA air incident investigator said evaluating the information would take several days.
We just have been able to extract a useable audio data file. Detailed work will be carried on the file to interpret the voices and sounds that can be heard on the file.
He also said that air traffic control tried to make contact with the plane when they noticed the descent but failed to do so. The last message transmitted to air traffic control was a routine message and did not give any indication of distress.
The family of a Wolverhampton man killed in the Germanwings air disaster say they are "devastated" by their loss.
Martyn Matthews, 50, was a passenger on Flight 4U9525, the Airbus 320 aeroplane which crashed in the French Alps on 24 March.
Speaking today, his family said: "We are devastated at the news of this tragic incident and request that we are allowed to deal with this terrible news without intrusion at this difficult time.”
The family of a Wolverhampton father-of-two who died in the Alps air disaster have said spoken of their devastation at his death.
Matthews, 50, a Senior Quality Manager, was described by a friend as being "totally family-orientated". In a statement issued through the Foreign Office, his family said:
We are devastated at the news of this tragic incident and request that we are allowed to deal with this terrible news without intrusion at this difficult time.
A neighbour and former colleague of Martyn Matthews has told ITV News that he was "a lovely man".
Margaret Goodyear worked with him at Huf UK, a German manufacturer of car components, based in Wolverhampton. She said:
He was totally family-orientated and at the company he worked for, he will be very sorely missed.
His family was his world. They will be completely devastated. I just don't know what they're going to do.
A Wolverhampton father-of-two has been named among the British victims of the Alps air disaster.
Businessman Martyn Matthews, 50, is thought to have been travelling to Germany for a business meeting.
Mr Matthews worked for automotive manufacturer Huf, which has a factory in Dusseldorf.
A spokeswoman for the company's site in Tipton, near Dudley, declined to issue any statement in tribute to Mr Matthews out of respect for his family.
The Foreign Office has not confirmed the names of three British nationals who were on board the Germanwings flight.
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The French flag will fly at half-mast above Leicester Town Hall to mark a week since the start of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
Seventeen people were killed in the attacks, including twelve at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
A book of condolence has been opened at Leicester City Council in memory of those who died.
A gathering will be held at Leicester's Clock Tower this afternoon to remember victims of terrorist attacks in France earlier this week.
17 people died in two separate attacks, on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and a Jewish supermarket.
"We must stand for our right to free expression or we will lose that right."
The gathering will begin at two o'clock - an hour after the start of a march in Paris in which up to a million people are expected to take part, and which will be attended by Prime Minister David Cameron and many other world leaders.
The French community in Birmingham are holding a march in the city to coincide with a march in their native country.
It is to show support to France and its citizens following the Paris shootings.
It will take place at around 2pm from the Library of Birmingham, before the march heads towards Victoria Square and New Street.